Town Government &
Committees: Shade Tree Committee
About Your Shade Tree Committee
Since our commission by the Selectmen in 2012, the Shade Tree Committee of Hingham has endeavored to focus on the preservation, protection and promotion of Hingham's shade tree canopy. Shade trees offer invaluable environmental, aesthetic and economic benefits to our community. To this end the committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Department of Public Works in recommending the appropriate tree species and cultivars along with possible site selections and proper tree care in our public areas. The committee also fosters and promotes through advocacy, education, and awareness good stewardship for the benefit and longevity of our shade trees. The shade tree committee keeps records of its meetings and makes an annual report to the Selectmen.
It is no longer necessary to know which trees make the best building material or firewood or even produce the best fruit, for the most part those decisions are made for us. We may live on a tree lined street and not be able to name the tree(s). Today, however, we are becoming more aware that trees have a health and economic value beyond those known by our grandparents. We invite you to explore our site, with the hope that you will join us in making the Town of Hingham a greener place to live and work.
"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more." Ralph Waldo Emerson