Watertown Celebrated Arbor Day with Special Activities & Tree Care at Arsenal Park

A member of a tree crew trims dead and damaged limbs from trees at Arsenal Park as part of the Town’s Arbor Day Celebration. Trees around Arsenal Park got a trimming, and visitors learned about trees, storm water and the environment on Thursday at Watertown’s celebration of Arbor Day. Watertown Tree Warden Chris Hayward organized the celebration with the help of the Massachusetts Arborists Association and some local organizations. Crews from the Department of Public Works, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Joe Butler & Sons, and Tree Tech (on behalf of Eversource) removed dead or damaged limbs from the trees around the parking area at Arsenal Park. “This is a week’s worth of work taking place in one day,” Hayward said.

Free Family Event at Arsenal Park in Celebration of Arbor Day

The public is invited to the 2019 Arbor Day of Service, a free family friendly celebration. The event will be held Thursday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arsenal Park near the tot lot, rain or shine. Activities at the Arbor Day celebration include: tree pruning demonstrations, story time, sing along, sweet treats, crafts, games, and truckies (aka selfies in a truck). The Forestry Supervisor, Tree Warden & Commander’s Mansion would like to thank: Watertown Recreation Department, Watertown Conservation Commission, Watertown Stormwater Advisory Committee, the Watertown Department of Public Works, Trees for Watertown, Watertown Savings Bank, Armenia Tree Project, Massachusetts Arborists Association, The Icing on the Cake, Watertown Free Public Library, and Friends of Bees.

See How Watertown Will Celebrate Arbor Day

Some of the tables at the Town of Watertown’s Arbor Day Celebration. This year it will take place on April 25. Watertown will celebrate Arbor Day with a day of service, and also provide information for people interested in trees, gardening and other related topics. On Thursday, April 25, Watertown Tree Warden Chris Hayward will work with local companies to do maintenance on trees in Arsenal Park. “The trees need trimming and removal of some branches,” Hayward said.

Hearing to be Held About Two Trees Proposed to be Cut Down

Watertown Tree Warden Chris Hayward will hold a hearing to discuss two trees that are proposed to be taken down. The Tree Hearing will be held on Thursday July 13, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in Town Hall in the 3rd Floor Meeting Room. Location
Type of Tree

137 School Street
Kwanzan cherry

1 Howe St (on Boylston St)
Norway maple

Please note that you do not need to attend the Tree Hearing to be heard, Hayward said in the announcement. If you cannot attend but are for or against the removal of any of the trees listed and want your thoughts to become public record, please email the Tree Warden at chayward@watertown-ma.gov. Your concerns will be read into the public record at the hearing. Your email must be received by me by 10:30am on July 13, 2017.

Hearing on Trees Set to be Removed Scheduled for June 15

Watertown Tree Warden Chris Hayward announced a meeting to discuss trees that are scheduled to be removed in Watertown. 
The meeting was originally scheduled to be held on Tuesday, June 13. The hearing has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. It will be held in the 3rd Floor Meeting Room in the Administration Building located at 147 Main St. Please see the attached agenda for more information. TREE Hearing List



Type of Tree

Common/Spring St. Delta


Chinese elm

291 Arsenal St



291 Arsenal St



330 Arsenal St


Bradford pear

330 Arsenal St


Bradford pear

330 Arsenal St


Bradford pear

45 Robbins Road (on Orchard St)


Norway maple

4 Orchard St


Norway maple

58 Robbins Rd (on Orchard St)


Norway maple

Hayward said that people do not need to attend the Tree Hearing to be heard.

New Tree Planted in Watertown Square to Honor Watertown’s Tree Warden

A tree grows in Watertown Square – and it’s no ordinary tree. This tree honors Watertown’s own Tree Warden, Chris Hayward, for being named Massachusetts Tree Warden of the Year. 

Hayward received the Tree Warden of the Year award from the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association earlier this year, and as part of the award he got to have a tree planted in his town in his honor. On Wednesday morning, a white fir was planted on the Watertown Square Delta, just a stone’s throw from the bus stop. A couple dozen people came to congratulate him, including co-workers, elected officials, residents and his wife, mother and mother- and father-in-laws. The evergreen is about 10 feet tall, but it could grow to several times that height in about 80 years time.

Watertown Tree Warden Has Trees Available to for Residents

The Watertown Tree Warden has a variety of species available to plant on street in front of resident’s homes or in parts of the front yard close to the street. If you would like a tree to be planted, contact Tree Warden Chris Hayward at chayward@watertown-ma.gov. He will come out to your site to see if there is a suitable planting location and let you know whether a tree can or cannot be planted. Trees can also be planted on private property within 20-feet of the public right of way. Watertown Spring 2017  Street Tree Availability List
Species (Common), Species (Botanical), Height, Spread

Small and Front Yard trees

Purple leaf plum, Prunus cerasifera, 15′ to 25′,  15′ to 20′

Akebono cherry, Prunus x yedoensis ‘Akebono’, 20′ to 25′, 20′ to 25′

Kwanzan cherry ‘Royal burgandy’, Prunus serrulata, 15′ to 25′, 15′ to 25′

Shantung maple, Acer truncatum “Shantung”, 20′ to 25′, 15′ to 25′

Sugartyme crab, Malus floribunda ‘Sugar tyme’, 20′ to 30′, 15′ to 20′

Japanese Tree Lilac, Syringa reticulata, 20′ to 30′, 10′ to 15′

Medium sized trees

Cleveland select pear, Pyrus calleryana ‘Cleveland select’, 25′ to 35′, 15′ to 20′

Autumnalis cherry, Prunus subhirtilla “Autumnalis”, 20′ to 40′, 15′ to 30′

Sun valley maple, Acer rubrum “Sun Valley”, 20′ to 30′, 20′ to 30′

Large Shade Trees

Pin oak, Quercus palustris, 50′ to 70′, 30′ to 40′

Red oak, Quercus rubra, 75′ to 100′, 60′ to 75′

Elm “Princeton”, Ulmus spp., 50′ to 70′, 30′ to 50′

Ginko, Ginko biloba, 50′ to 80′, 35′ to 45′

Skyline Honeylocust, Gleditsia triacanthos inerms, 45′ to 60′, 25′ to 35′

October glory red maple, Acer rubrum, 40′ to 50′, 20′ to 35′

Red Sunset maple, Acer rubrum, 40′ to 50′, 20′ to 35′

Autumn blaze red maple, Acer rubrum, 40′ to 50′, 30′ to 40′

Redpointe maple, Acer rubrum “Frank Jr”, 35′ to 45′, 20′ to 30′

Sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua, 50′ to 70′, 30′ to 40′

Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, 60′ to 100′, 30′ to 50′

Black gum, Nyssa sylvatica 40′ to 65′, 30′ to 40

Watertown’s Tree Warden Receives Statewide Recognition

Watertown’s Tree Warden received statewide recognition for his work. 

Chris Hayward, who serves as tree warden as well as the Conservation/Preservation Agent, received the 2017 Seth H. Swift Tree Warden of the Year from the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association. The Tree Warden of the Year Award recognizes a tree warden who exhibits leadership, dedication, and a commitment to the profession. The annual award is named in honor of longtime member and past president Seth “Swifty” Swift, who passed away January 1, 2004. Hayward, who has worked for the town for nearly 12 years, said he was honored to receive the award, which he noted is not given every year. “I was surprised,” Hayward said.