Trees in Brookline

Picture of Larz Anderson Lagoon on a sunny day, with Temple of Love in the background

The Forestry component of the Parks and Open Space Division preserves and maintains all shade trees along public ways, parks, school grounds, cemeteries, and all other public grounds in Brookline. The total number of trees under our jurisdiction is more than 50,000, 11,500 of which are “street trees” and are located adjacent to the public ways. The Parks and Open Space Division plants between 350 and 400 new public shade trees each year.

The Parks and Open Space Division provides for the safety of all public ways and grounds through the removal of dead and dangerous limbs and trees and is responsible for replacing trees in areas where they have been removed as appropriate. Street tree removals in the public right-of-way are managed by the Town Tree Warden and assisted by the Tree Planting Committee.