Thank you to National Grid for their donation to our Arbor Day Celebration!
Thank you to Rotmans for their donation to support our Spring Tree Giveaway!
Thank you to Northeast Access for their large contribution to our organization! We look forward to planting with you in West Boylston soon!
WWI Memorial Grove @ GreenHill Park Replanting the Living Monument
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.
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., will replant 39 trees in the Grove to begin replacing these 218 trees.
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: email@example.com.
Job Skills Training Partnership: Alternatives Inc and WTI
2016 – Worcester, MA – Piloting a Green Collar Jobs Program was a daunting proposition for WTI this spring. The concept is to connect low skilled people with jobs in the green industry. Nurseries and landscaping firms need employees with a level of skill and lower skilled individuals need jobs. WTI decided to create a pertinent training module and a program that will liaison people into green jobs.
The recent partnership between WTI and Alternatives Inc has made the initial pilot of this concept into a workable concept! We are still in the training phase but have potential positions for the people who have participated in this eight -twelve hour training. Having supportive Alternatives staff will ensure that people from this group can successfully re-enter the work force. Stay tuned for success stories! So far the experience has been unbelievably positive.
Flowering Tree Pruning Workshop
Now is the time to prune flowering trees and shrubs! Join Worcester Tree Initiative on Saturday June 4th at 10:00 am in Green Hill Park by the Vietnam Memorial in the ALB Arboretum. We will hold a 1 hour ornamental pruning training. Bring your questions and a friend! There will be a hands on component to the training. RSVP @ firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up.
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