🌳 Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s tree-mendous project

A team of tree experts will care for 500+ trees throughout Olmsted Park, beginning the second seven-year tree pruning cycle across the entire Emerald Necklace park system.

Emerald Necklace Conservancy sign and an orange tree work ahead sign.

A seven-year tree pruning cycle is about to begin, watch out for workers in Olmsted Park.

Photo provided by Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Turns out trees need self care too. This month, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy begins the second seven-year tree pruning cycle across the entire Emerald Necklace park system. The work to prune 500+ trees throughout Olmsted Park will continue through March, while trees are dormant in the winter.

Curious why? This cycle helps improve trees’ overall health + removes dead branches to keep park visitors safe. The process helps develop stronger structures and more aesthetic forms while maintaining clearances for roads, paths, and park accessibility. It’s a win-win situation for Bostonians and the trees.

The Emerald Necklace, which was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, is home to 30,000+ mature trees throughout its seven miles and 1,100 acres. Together with partners and public agencies, the team works to preserve trees + maintain digital records, currently tracking over 10,000 trees.

Bonus: The park will not be closed and visitors are welcome to watch the arborists from a safe distance.