Parks and Urban Forestry is also responsible for implementing a program of arboriculture for over 19,000 public trees. This program includes planting, cyclical pruning, and responding to service requests and tree-related emergencies. These efforts have been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation, which recently awarded Cambridge the Tree City USA award for the 23rd consecutive year, as well as its more prestigious Growth Award for the 8th consecutive year.The Urban Forestry Division provides high quality tree care and planting on City streets, in parks, and around public buildings. 

For information regarding the new amendment to the Tree Protection Ordinance requiring a permit to remove private property trees, please visit

Tree Planting Programs

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Call the City Arborist at 617.349.6433  or email: to indicate your interest in having a tree planted. Be sure to leave a detailed message including the address/ location.  Learn more

Tree Maintenance

Tree pruning

When in doubt, call a certified arborist!
Proper planting and watering can help insure that your new tree does the best that it can. A tree is a long term investment.  Learn more

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Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm