Since the year 2000, hundreds of public trees have been cut down in Wethersfield.

These include majestic oaks, maples and other varieties. They were felled for a variety of reasons. Almost no new trees have been planted in their place. That’s sad. The notion of the tree-lined street has defined our town since Colonial days. The ever-growing loss is hurting us.

Chester Bulkley House, 1830, Wethersfield, CT, Photo credit Jennifer Emmer

Chester Bulkley House, 1830, Wethersfield, CT

Speak up!

  1. Tell our council we want street trees.
  2. Urge your neighbors to plant trees in their private yards.
  3. Insist that the public stock be well-tended.
  4. This approach costs little.

What we have now essentially is a policy of little maintenance.

In part, this is what causes the need for rampant cut-downs. That approach wastes money. It costs a lot to cut down large specimens. Plus, it leaves the town increasingly barren. It flies in the face of “going green”.

What will Wethersfield look like in twenty years, if this pace of felling keeps up?

For a list of recent-year removals go to the Removals page.


The Wethersfield Village Improvement Association was founded in 1883 by civic minded Wethersfield residents.

The founders’ goal was the installation of the sidewalks and street lamps in the older section of town. Over the generations, the association has brought numerous and varied improvements to Wethersfield public lands, school grounds, and town buildings.

Today, the old “village” is no longer the exclusive focus of the association.

The Wethersfield Village Improvement Association is now dedicated to improvement throughout Wethersfield, from border to border.

The WVIA always plants a tree in town on Arbor Day. Below is a photo of the blue spruce tree planted at the Solomon Welles House on Arbor Day, 2000. It is the hope of the WVIA that, with the maturity of this tree, it may become the town’s Christmas tree.

Click on the photo to see more of their current projects.

Wethersfield Village Improvement Association