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Boston Officials to Discuss Removal of Tree on Warren St. in Charlestown

A public hearing is set for Thursday, April 3 to discuss the removal of a gingko biloba tree.

Credit: File photo.
Credit: File photo.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public hearing next month to discuss the proposed removal of one public shade tree on Warren Street in Charlestown. 

Officials will discuss an application to remove the plant, a gingko biloba tree, which measures 10 inches diameter at breast height (dbh) at 78 Warrent St. in Charlestown. 

The application comes as a result of homeowner complaints over the odor emanating from the tree's fruit and vandalism from people climbing the tree to harvest it. Moreover, residents have asked the Boston Parks Department to replace the tree with a more traditional hardwood, according to a statement by the Parks Department

The hearing, to be held by the city's Tree Warden, is set for Thursday, April 3 at 10 a.m. in the third floor conference room of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department on Massachusetts Avenue in Roxbury. 

Public input will be heard at the hearing, and those interested can submit comments in writing by emailing parks@boston.gov with "Charlestown Tree Hearing" in the subject line or by mailing a letter to the following address:

Tree Warden
Boston Parks and Recreation Department
1010 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118

A final decision regarding the request is expected to be made within two weeks after the hearing. For more information, contact the Tree Warden at 617-635-7275. 

Larry Fine March 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Save the ginkgo biloba tree!!! Good eating!
Stephanie March 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM
I've seen the ladies knocking the fruit down from this tree and always wondered what it was! Kind of sad if they cut it down - from Wikipedia: "also known as the maidenhair tree, is a unique species of tree with no living relatives. The ginkgo is a living fossil, recognisably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China, the tree is widely cultivated and was introduced early to human history. It has various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food."
JOSEPH D FLEMING III March 12, 2014 at 09:37 PM
ARE YOU PEOPLE SERIOUS , FIRST OFF HOW LONG HAVE THESE PEOPLE WHO WANT IT CUT DOWN LIVED THERE OR IN TOWN FOR THAT MATTER. AND HOW LONG HAS THE TREE BEEN THERE . I BET THE TREE HAS BEEN THERE ALOT LONGER .ENOUGH ALREADY !!! SAVE THE TREE !!!

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