Should This Cherry Tree Be Chopped (for a Curb Cut) in JP?

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is holding a hearing to determine the fate of a young cherry tree on Round Hill Street in Jamaica Plain that could be removed due to a proposed curb cut.

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The cherry tree on Round Hill Street in JP may be removed due to a proposed curb cut.

“I believe it is a Kwanzan cherry, planted about five years ago,” said Greg Mosman, city arborist/tree warden for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

The young tree is a mere 4 inches in diameter (at breast height), and has barely had time in its short life to show off the beautiful spring blossoms associated with cherry trees.

The city is actually mandated by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 87 to hold a public hearing on the request of removing the tree.

If approved to be removed the constituent must repay the city for the tree. The value of the tree is determined according to the diameter of the tree.

The hearing is scheduled for Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Boston Parks and Recreation Department (1010 Massachusetts Ave., Conference Room). Public testimony will be taken at the hearing or may be provided before the hearing in writing to the Tree Warden, Boston Parks Recreation Department, 1010 Massachusetts Ave. 3rd Floor, Roxbury, MA 02118 or email parks@boston.gov with “Jamaica Plain Tree Hearing” in the subject line.

A final decision regarding the request to remove the tree will be made within two weeks of the hearing.

  • GoatWatch

    “The value of the tree is determined by the diameter”
    This is ridiculous, why isn’t height considered here??? The city is run amok with height supremacists.

  • Eric Herot

    Perhaps a more relevant problem: The installation of a curb cut represents the privatization (for free) of public property. We seem to do this as a matter of routine (because everyone *loves* off-street parking in this city) but I think we should actually be a bit more circumspect about it.

    • marty

      Good point Herot. A good idea would be for the house owner to pay for a new tree to be planted somewhere else in the city.

      • Eric Herot

        I’m not so much talking about the tree (although that’s important too) but about the public parking space that is being converted (again, for free) to private use. Not to mention building/garden space that is being replaced by not-so-street-friendly pavement.