Our Vision for Cambridge:
Create and sustain a mature tree canopy throughout Village
Many of Cambridge's largest trees are silver maples nearing the end of their life. We also have many mature ash trees that will soon succumb to the Emerald Ash Borer - now well established in the Veteran's Park area of Cambridge. Homeowners benefit from a tree canopy by having measurably lower utility bills and reduced need to water, not to mention the beauty and increased property values that a canopy brings to any neighborhood.
Tree canopy examples:
Locate legacy trees in strategic locations
We've planted purple beeches throughout Cambridge: in front of the middle and high schools and one behind the old red school. These trees will grow to several hundred years old and reach massive sizes. Following picture taken at Notre Dame campus with hundred year old purple beeches on either side.
Feature trees/shrubs that add color during the summer months
Nearly all of our woody plants flower during the spring. To balance this, we've planted summer-flowering shrubs and trees. Examples include oak leaf hydrangea, golden rain tree and Japanese scholar tree.
Oak Leaf Hydrangea:
Protect forestry assets
Streets can be narrowed and sidewalks made to go around expanding tree trunks:
Profits go directly toward planting trees in Cambridge and Rockdale common areas.