Maynard Tree Corps

The Maynard Tree Corps is dedicated to promoting a healthy and diverse population of trees that will benefit people today. Trees planted today will also provide a living legacy for tomorrow.

Event: Tree Walk, July 10, 2021 at 4 pm

Theme:Culturally and Climatically Forward Through Maynard’s Downtown Arboretum

Background:

Neil Pederson, a member of the Maynard Tree Corps, will lead a walk to officially welcome new trees to downtown Maynard on July 10 at 4pm.  The walk will begin at Memorial Park and amble down Nason Street and then east on Main Street over the course of 1 1/2 hours.  We will visit each tree and each tree will be given a tag noting its name and size when planted.  The tags and tour are supported by a grant from the Maynard Cultural Council and the MA Cultural Council.

Life for trees in cities can be very hard and yet, when they are given conditions in which they can thrive, they beautify the landscape, cleanse the air and water, create an environment that literally enhances people’s lives and the businesses and neighborhoods in which they inhabit. We celebrate Maynard’s Sesquicentennial Year with high hopes for the Town and its tree canopy.  

An old proverb states, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” This understanding is a partial driver of the philosophy within the Maynard Tree Corps. We aim to preserve, maintain, and enhance the trees of Maynard for all of us today, yes. But, we keep our eyes on the future, a future that brings many challenges. Our choices of a diversity of mostly trees home to eastern North America reflect both the growing ecological culture in our society and challenges for trees and forests moving forward.

Over the course of our hike, Neil will introduce attendees to each tree, talk about their ecology and unique values, while also talking about the benefits of trees to people and businesses that live in cities.