What is Tree Northampton?
Tree Northampton is a private citizens group promoting ecological stewardship of Northampton, MA through education, advocacy, and volunteer participation. In collaboration with the Northampton Tree Warden (Richard C. Parasiliti, Jr.) and the Northampton Public Shade Tree Commission, Tree Northampton volunteers support Northampton’s tree program by planting and caring for trees all around the city.

Community Involvement

Our friends at Village Hill noticed that most of the trees in their neighborhood had been volcano mulched over the years. With the leadership of Mindy Theroux and Bob Haxby, a group of volunteers were gathered and they set out on the arduous task of removing the mulch without damaging the trees. Over the course of several work days, they’ve managed to save many of these trees that were destined to a slow failure. Click here to learn more about the negative effects of volcano mulching and see the impressive pictures of the removal process: Volcano Mulch Project

Click here to read the article in the Gazette: Speaking for the trees: Village Hill group wants to save city greenery

Come plant a tree with us!

Benefits of Shade Trees

Cleaner air
Reduced storm water runoff
Healthier ecosystems
Noise buffering
Traffic calming
Food for wildlife and pollinators
Enhanced property values
Improved sense of well being
Enhanced recreation, such as walking, biking or just being outside

Latest News

  • Volunteers at the Forbes Library Planting in November

2017 Tree Northampton, Inc. Year in Review

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November 21, 2017

Tree Northampton is now a 501 (c)(3)!

It’s Official! Tree Northampton, Inc. is now a designated 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Donations...
August 7, 2017

A busy start to spring!

Tree Northampton volunteers have had a busy start to the spring! First we helped give...
May 27, 2017

Tree Planting Leader Training

Last Saturday, volunteers and planting leaders attended a training session led by Jay Girard and...
October 25, 2016

Tree Northampton

Tree Northampton, Inc. is a private citizens group promoting ecological stewardship of Northampton, MA through education, advocacy, and volunteer participation. In collaboration with the Northampton Tree Warden (Richard C. Parasiliti, Jr.) and the Northampton Public Shade Tree Commission, Tree Northampton volunteers support Northampton’s tree program by planting and caring for trees all around the city.
Tree Northampton
Jamie Janover
"Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished." ~ Lao Tzu
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Tree Northampton is with Robert Postel.2 months ago
The silver linden has leaves that are dark green above and silvery-white below. The 'Green Mountain' is a cultivar that is more tolerant of heat and drought. These two young trees are planted next to several much older linden trees, one to replace a tree that fell recently.
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Tree Northampton2 months ago
Beautiful day to plant some sweetgums!

Some fun facts about sweetgums:

They are easily recognizable by their star-shaped leaves, deeply-furrowed ridged bark, and their woody spine-tipped "gum-ball."

Liquidambar styraciflua is commonly referred to as sweetgum because of the brownish yellow sap it produces when the bark is cut. The name Liquidambar is from the Latin liquidus, meaning fluid or liquid and the Arabic ambar, referring to amber, both being references to the sap. The sweetgum sap is also referred to as American styrax (hence the species name, styraciflua) and some use it as a chewing gum.

Sweetgum is an extremely important timber tree, second in production behind oak.

Its seeds are eaten by chipmunks, a variety of songbirds, and wild turkey, among other animals.