Tree Warden

Mission Statement

The mission of the Tree Warden is to optimize Public Safety by overseeing, providing maintenance and care for all trees within the limits of the City of Groton rights-of-ways and municipal properties.

Tree Warden Responsibilities

The duties of the Tree Warden are mandated in Chapter 451 Sec. 23-59 of the CT General Statutes. The Tree Warden has jurisdiction over the care and control of all trees within the limits of the City of Groton right-of-ways and municipal properties.

These duties include the following:

  • Ensure that City trees are maintained properly
  • Hazardous tree removal
  • Tree removal for road improvement and drainage work
  • Line of site improvement
  • Perform periodic tree assessments
  • Tree pruning practices
  • Participate in the City’s planning and development process
  • Developing a budget for new trees
  • New tree selection and planting
  • Plan and implement public outreach and education initiatives
  • Manage and oversee the City’s Tree Planting program
  • Pursue grants and other funding

Tree Care Tips

  • Tree Watering: As a rule of thumb, your tree’s soil should be moist at 2” below the ground. Dig down 2” and touch your finger to the soil; if the soil is moist to the touch, then the tree does not need water.
  • Mulch: You can add a 3-inch layer of loose, coarse mulch at least 3 inches from the tree trunk of your street tree. Please be mindful not to add too much mulch (4 inches or more), as this may be a barrier to oxygen getting to the soil.