History of Brookline's Tree Planting Committee

A Brief History of Trees in Brookline

1883: Tree Warden position was formalized following the “Tree Warden Act”

1886: Tree Planting Committee established

1930s: Tree Planting Committee proposed the development of a Back-of-Sidewalk tree planting program

1994: First GIS street tree inventory completed by 97 community volunteers

2009: Parks and Open Space Division performed a complete update of all the street trees in the inventory and trees within a majority of Brookline’s parks


The Town of Brookline has been a recipient of the Tree City USA award 31 times.

Large trees lining Lowell Road

Lowell Road, Brookline