More than 60 landscapers and arborists volunteered Friday at Franklin Park, where they worked to clean up the park’s wilderness section for their annual Arbor Day of Service.
They spent the day cutting down and removing hazardous trees and invasive weed trees, and pruning trees. The project, organized by the Massachusetts Arborists Association and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, was part of a larger statewide effort to donate professional arboriculture experience to local communities. Franklin Park was one of several sites where volunteers gathered for cleanup projects.
“This volunteer effort builds awareness about proper tree care and the importance of working with professional arborists,” according to a statement from the event organizers.
At Franklin Park, the volunteers hailed from about 16 companies and brought more than 40 pieces of equipment with them, said Greg Mosman, the city’s arborist and tree warden.
This year’s project was the city’s eighth annual Arbor Day of Service and volunteers go to different parks every year, Mosman said. Franklin Park was the original location for Arbor Day volunteering and this is the first year volunteers returned there.
“It’s about giving back, really,” Mosman said. “It gets close to $50,000 worth of work done in one day that otherwise we wouldn’t be able to do.”
Jay Ippolito, president of the Massachusetts Arborists Association, attended a volunteer cleanup project in Wellesley Friday and said he was amazed by the professionalism exhibited by all the volunteers.
A lot has changed in the industry over the past several decades, he said, and he was pleased to see all the volunteers adhering to safety procedures and rules.
Ippolito attended the service day with employees from his Hingham-based company, Olde Colonial Tree & Landscape Inc.
“The important thing is, we all make our living off the community,” he said, “and it’s an opportunity for all of us to give back a little something, and that’s very rewarding itself.”