Removing and pruning of Town trees is the responsibility of the Department of Public Works. This work is usually completed in the winter months. Fallen trees and branches that block roadways and impede access by emergency vehicles are removed as needed throughout the year.

Tree Removal

If a resident is not sure whether a tree is public or private, the first step is to call the DPW office at 978-526-1242. We will research the status of a tree and respond back to the resident.

If a resident thinks a Town tree should be removed, a request should be put in writing and addressed to the Board of Selectmen. The tree will then be put onto a tree list to be discussed at a public hearing at a publicized meeting held by the Board of Selectmen.

The hearing notice will be published in The Manchester Cricket, and the tree will be posted with the date, time and location of the public hearing. Testimony will be taken from the Tree Warden, DPW personnel, and interested citizens on whether the tree should be removed. The Board of Selectmen then vote on whether or not to remove the tree.

Tree Pruning

Any resident who has concerns about overhanging Town tree limbs should contact the DPW office. If a Town tree's limbs are overhanging a public footpath, pavement or roadway, the Town will undertake the pruning either through the DPW or the Town's contracted tree service professional. The Town is only able to prune Town tree limbs overhanging a resident’s property if any budget remains after all other tree safety issues have been taken care of within any fiscal year. Residents, however, are within their rights to prune any limbs that cross the vertical line of their property boundaries. Please notify the DPW before pruning and employ a tree professional.