Thank you to all of our supporters who fund and help staff the programs that we provide throughout the year! We rely on the assistance from the community to help us through volunteering, participation in our programs and financial contributions towards our programs. Thank you!
WWI Memorial Grove @ GreenHill Park Replanting the Living Monument
Working with the GreenHill Park Coalition, the Worcester Tree Initiative, the Dept or Conservation and Recreation and a host of volunteers from Worcester Technical High School, WICN, Massachusetts Job Corp, and Alternatives Inc., replanted 39 trees in the Grove to begin replacing these 218 trees.
November 11, 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I. Directly after the war, in the Green Hill Park Memorial Grove, the Worcester community planted a tree to commemorate each soldier and each nurse who was from Worcester and who died in the war. Many of these heroes were new immigrants who paid the ultimate price for their newly adopted country.
Over the past 98 years, 218 of these trees have died - leaving the living monument incomplete. Phase I of the restoration of these trees will begin Tuesday May 24, 2016 at 10 am. It is the first of several large scale plantings we are organizing in the next two years.
Throughout the summer, the trees will need to be watered and watched and in the fall we hope to orchestrate another large planting. We plan to plant the final tree in 2018 to restore the living memorial which so aptly honors the fallen of our Worcester Community.
If you wish to help with this project or donate to it - contact WTI staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Work by all involved!
Successful Give Away!
Over 90 Trees Given Away.
2016 – Holden, MA – Over 50 people came to our Spring Give Away on Snowberry Lane in Holden last night. Sponsored, in part, by Rotman's Furniture, the give away was well received by those who attended.
All Give Aways include at least 3 group training sessions "How to Properly Plant and Care for A Tree". Our tree trainers last night were volunteer Jeff Mias and staff Derek Lirange.
Tree species given away last night included White Pine Trees, Eastern Redbuds, Dawn Redwoods, Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry and the ever popular, Dogwood Tree.
Thanks to all who attended, volunteered and sponsored this event.
Flowering Tree Pruning Workshop
Worcester Tree Initiative on Saturday June 4th at 10:00 am held a flowering tree pruning workshop at Green Hill Park by the Pavilion. Over the course of 1 hour we trained and practiced hands on ornamental pruning. Thank you to all who participated!
It Takes a City to Grow a Forest
Please support the work that Worcester Tree Initiative does by making a donation. We work to rebuild Worcester's urban forest and ensure that it is healthy, well cared for, and equitably distributed. We need your support to ensure that this work is carried out. Learn more about how to grow the forest by clicking below.
Worcester Tree Initiative: Rebuilding Worcester's Urban Forest
Our community based approach includes education and training, tree planting, and long term tracking and care to achieve significant improvements to the environment and to quality of life in our city. WTI was initiated in January 2009 by Congressman Jim McGovern and Lt. Governor Tim Murray after officials anticipated that tens of thousands of trees would be removed because of an infestation of the invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle. The Tree Initiative was able to complete its initial goal to see that 30,000 trees were planted in Worcester and surrounding towns in October of 2014.
Since then we have continued to plant trees and have expanded our tree care training program, forming the Stewards in the Streets program. We see our purpose as acting as community agents driving tree planting and care initiatives. We seek to advance this mission where we can help to advance environmental justice. We are eager to plant trees in neighborhoods with few green spaces and to train residents to care for them.
Congressman Jim McGovern Tim Murray; President/CEO, Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce
Mary Knittle State Representative Jim O'Day Jordan Levy
Kathy Abbott Paul Belsito Deb Cary Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler Andy Davis Margaret Doyle City Councilor Tony Enonomou Steve Fischer Allen Fletcher School Committee Member Jack Foley Margaret Guzman
Robyn Kennedy State Senator Michael Moore Paul Moosey, Commissioner, Dept. of Public Works, Worcester Marie Morse Colin Novick Joe O'Brien Selectman Ken O'Brien Kevin O'Sullivan City Councilor Phil Palmieri Chris Philbin Kathleen Polanowicz Selectman Chris Rucho Matthew Wally