About the Front Yard Tree Planting Program

The Tree Planting Committee oversees the "Front Yard Tree Planting Program" program (formerly known as the Back of Sidewalk Tree Planting Program), which aims to enhance Brookline’s urban canopy by planting trees on private property within 20 feet of the public right of way.

Through this successful program which began in the 1930s, many trees have been planted in Brookline front yards. Private land generally provides a more conducive environment for tree growth than the public way, as private property is less susceptible to urban stressors such as de-icing salt, foot traffic, and pet waste.

To learn more about the program and apply for a free tree click here.

If you would like to see an example of available trees, check out this map of the Arboretum