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Fulfilling Our Mission

Explore our various programs and learn how you can get involved.

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Neighborhood Shade Trees

Since our founding, the Friends of Manchester Trees has partnered with citizens to plant shade trees on public streets or on private property within twenty feet of the street. Today, the Neighborhood Shade Tree Planting Program provides the Town and residents an opportunity to expand the diversity of tree species in our public realm by planting trees in situations with optimal growing conditions and the benefit from stewardship by homeowners.

Commemorative Trees

Our Commemorative Tree program is evident throughout town, on our streets and in our parks and cemeteries.  Since our founding, the Friends of Manchester Trees has planted commemorative trees on behalf of our donors who wish to honor someone important to them, whether a family member, good friend, or special town official or volunteer. These remembrances provide a living memorial to celebrate someone special.  At the same time, the entire community enjoys the beauty and benefits of a vibrant tree canopy in our town.

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Arbor Day

National Arbor Day, an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care, is being celebrated at Memorial School on April 26, 2024. The first Arbor Day in 1872 was celebrated with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska. Arbor Day is now observed throughout the world, including here in Manchester!

Tree City USA

For thirty years Manchester-by-the-Sea has been honored with the designation of 'Tree City USA' by the national Arbor Day Foundation. To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

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Community Preservation Grant
for Rosedale Cemetery

In 2023, Friends of Manchester Trees was awarded a 2-year grant from the Community Preservation Committee to prune mature trees and plant new ones in Rosedale and Rosedale Extension Cemeteries.  These cemeteries are significant to the culture and beauty of Manchester for their history, architecture, and natural beauty.  The trees require ongoing preservation,  protection, and replacement, all part of the Friends' mission.

Protecting Our Valuable Trees

Trees contribute to the health and well-being of our residents and wildlife. Trees enhance Manchester's beauty and improve air quality and climate by providing shade, producing oxygen, and sequestering carbon.

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