Council to Look at Ways to Increase the Number Trees Along Watertown’s Streets

Having trees on your street can reduce the heat in the summer, prevent flooding when it rains and can even increase property values. However, a study of street trees done by Watertown High School students found that many residents have few or no trees along their blocks. Monday night, the results of a survey of more than 3,400 street trees around Watertown were presented to a joint meeting of the Town Council’s Public Works and Rules & Ordinances subcommittees. The group made a recommendation to the full Town Council to seek ways to use the data to bring trees to streets that lack them. The data was presented by two members of Trees for Watertown, a citizens group committed to planting and maintain trees in town.

Find Out About the State of Watertown’s Street Trees at Trees for Watertown Meeting

The following announcement was provided by Trees for Watertown:

Please come join us on Saturday, September 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the Watertown Free Public Library for (first) a brief public meeting to vote in Trees For Watertown’s new slate of officers and board members, and then a slide show presentation by the 2018 Teens for Trees participants and Program Director David Meshoulam.  

They’ll be talking about what they learned and experienced this summer, and will present some first graphical results from the 2018 Watertown Tree Inventory.

Here’s the URL for the TFW Teens for Trees webpage:
Here’s the URL for Watertown’s tree inventory:

Teens Track the Street Trees Around Watertown During Summer Program

Last week, Watertown High School students walked around the streets near Coolidge Square and stopped periodically to get up close and personal with some longtime residents of the area — the street trees. The students are interns in the Teens for Trees program, sponsored by Trees for Watertown. “We are trying to get every single street tree in Watertown on the app,” said 10th grader Liana Rice. “We measure the circumference of the trunk, the health of the tree and the species.” The information is entered into apps on their cellphones.

Hosmer Students Help Plant a Tree on Campus for Arbor Day

Rarely does a tree get so much attention, but this week a group of 80 fourth graders from Hosmer Elementary School crowded around a young tree, freshly planted outside the school in honor of Arbor Day. 

Watertown resident and landscape architect David Jay organized the event, and made sure each of the students left with a sapling to plant in their own yard. In past years, Watertown’s Tree Warden organized tree plantings at the town’s elementary schools, but there is no warden at the moment. Jay stepped in this year on behalf of Trees for Watertown, a citizens group which advocates for trees. The dwarf apple tree was in place by the time many students arrived, but a group of children helped Jay remove the grass around the tree, making sure to shake the dirt from the sod back onto the ground around the tree. Then the students shoveled mulch around it.

Need Help Raking Your Leaves – Volunteers Will Help Neighbors in Watertown

If you need help raking leave – for free – or, if you want to volunteer to help your fellow Watertown residents, there is an event for you this weekend. Trees for Watertown and National Honors Society from Watertown High School are hosting a morning of community leaf raking on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19. Those who need help raking their leave can contact David Meshoulam by email at or call at 608-852-4388.

Teen Tree Stewards Care for Town’s Trees, Learn About More Than Just Nature

Half a dozen young nature enthusiasts have taken to the streets of Watertown this summer with a mission of caring for the town’s street trees and spreading the word about the importance of urban trees. 

The six teens are part in the Watertown Teen Tree Stewardship Program, which is sponsored by Trees for Watertown, a citizens group committed to protecting and promoting trees in town. Each day, the group has an activity. Sometimes it is looking around town for street trees that are in need of help, other times it is learning about trees and nature, and sometimes they are promoting their program, said David Meshoulam, founder and coordinator of the program. As Meshoulam drives the group around town, the former Newton North High School science teacher points out a “beautiful beech” or a tree that has not been properly planted. The teens have been keeping track of trees around town.