Shade Tree Committee Programs & Projects

Adapt an Island
The Adapt An Island Program is a major initiative of the Committee. It is now entering its 6th year. This program has greatly enhanced the beauty of the town and has become a model for other nearby communities. Through an application process, coordinated through the town’s DPW department, local businesses and community organizations sponsor and maintain a traffic island three seasons of the year. Sponsorships are renewed each spring.

The Committee has adopted a standardized sign that sponsors may place in their island. The Committee also sponsors hanging flower baskets in the downtown business area and maintains the 24 large planters along the Riverwalk.

Old Elm Tree Wood Project
The Old Elm Tree Wood Project was initiated when the town’s beloved 250-year-old elm tree on the corner of East Street and County Street died and had to be cut down in July 2012. The Old Elm Tree Wood Project was created to use the wood from the tree to create useful objects and works of art that will memorialize the tree and benefit the town. Ideas include making a podium (for annual town meetings), benches, tables, works of art, and useful items such as clocks, bowls, etc.

Large cross sections of the tree have been cut and preserved for a future tree ring dating project. Also large parts of the tree trunk and branches have been tested for disease and stored for woodworking projects.

The Committee will review all applications giving priority to those projects that benefit the town and help memorialize the tree and create fundraising options to support the Tree Ring Project and The Tree Fund to help preserve Ipswich’s trees. Applications should be submitted to the DPW department at the town hall. The wood is distributed to approved applicants by the town’s DPW department.

Citizen Request Application
Fill out a citizen request for American Elm Tree Wood application (PDF) online.

Town Cleanup
The Committee organizes the Town Wide Cleanup in the spring and fall. Volunteers clear trash in the major entrance roadways into town, the downtown business area, the Hammett Street parking lot, the railroad station, Bialek Park, and the Town Wharf.

Streetscape Projects
The Committee reviews the town’s Streetscape projects and their impact on trees. Working closely with the town arborist and other town committees, the Committee is a strong advocate for the preservation and protection of the town’s shade trees.