Tree Information

Scott Hathaway-Tree Warden-Natural Resource Dept.
and Parks and Recreation Deputy Superintendent
4 Holcomb Street
Westfield, MA 01085
(413) 564-3118   Email

if you have a tree issue the proper and best way is to report it by typing the information into a "work order" where it is tracked and goes to the correct staff that handle trees. Please report your concern Report A Concern then See Click Fix-Report a Tree Concern  Type in your information or (Street address location of tree) to the right and hit next and complete issue and then submit.  

Your report "work order" will then be emailed to the Tree Warden and his staff where they will then investigate the tree concern you have. They will then check property lines of the tree and take a look at it.  
Tree Ordinance for the City of Westfield

Mass Tree Laws

Public Shade Tree Removal and Fee 

Permission to Prune a Public Tree 
If a city tree you will need to complete this form and send to the Tree Warden for permission. 
I/We recognize that it is required, if approved, that the above mentioned tree(s) are to be pruned to requirements and specifications of the Tree Warden and that said work must not deviate from these requirements.  All tree pruning will be completed by a qualified professional Arborist approved by the Tree Warden.  Failure to comply with the requirements of the Tree Warden may result in fines and penalties per all applicable Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and local regulations.

Permission to plant a tree in a public way 
The Tree Warden approves this planting with the following conditions listed on the form.

Tree Planting Permission and Agreement Form
The form is an agreement between the City of Westfield and you, the property owner, who would like a tree planted on private property. The property owner shall follow the terms listed on the agreement form.

Tree Removal Hearing Notice 
Objections to the removal of a tree guidelines need approval. 

How to Plant a Tree 
This information can guide you if you never planted a tree.
Tree Planting

What is Tree City USA  
For the 11th year in a row, Westfield has received the distinction of being recognized as a ‘Tree City USA’.  In addition to 80 other cities and towns within the Commonwealth, Deputy Superintendent of Parks & Recreation, Scott Hathaway (also the city Tree Warden), was on hand to accept the award.

The Arbor Day Foundation is the sponsoring organization of this recognition.  According to the website, more than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. They have achieved Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.  To date, Westfield has been able to do all of that.

In addition to planting trees annually in celebration of Arbor Day, the city has been involved in many tree planting initiatives.  Just recently, a tree in front of Two Rivers Burrito was damaged and had to be removed.  According to Hathaway, “A car hit the Ash tree that was there and was replaced with a Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis 'Covey’) 'Covey’ is a very small weeping cultivar and will work well with the down town.”