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Neighborhood Volunteers Plant Trees at Hobart Park

­­­The Urban Forestry Division partnered with the community to bring shade and beauty to Brighton.

Thanks to the help of neighbors and the Friends of Hobart Park (FHP) volunteers, there are now four new trees growing in Hobart Park. Through the efforts and outreach of FHP, they have been able to invest in their neighborhood park. These trees and the cooling shade they will one day bring will benefit children and their parents while they enjoy the playground, as well as neighbors who wish to relax in the seating area and savor their own corner of Boston.

On Saturday the 4th of November, volunteers of all ages along with local City Councilor, Liz Breadon, showed up to participate in this community building activity. Three different species of trees were planted to continue to improve the diversity of trees in the park. The community planted one ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), one hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) and two yellowwood trees (Cladrastis kentukea). Neighbors will continue to help with the care of the trees in the coming years, as follow-up care is a necessity for young trees to establish themselves. This kind of partnership between community members and the Parks Department will be critical in continuing the long-term growth of the tree canopy in Brighton.

Three children dig a hole with spades in Hobart Park.


Two children dig a hole in Hobart Park as an adult speaks to two other volunteers. The trees to be planted are in the background.


The group of volunteers stand proud around one of the newly planted trees. A golden retriever sniffs at leaves in the foreground.

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