Beacon Hill residents and business owners celebrated new tree guards and plantings along Charles Street with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week.
Members of the Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Beacon Hill Business Association, and others gathered by the tree outside Bin 26 Enoteca to celebrate a successful campaign to install tree guards and plantings around every tree pit on Charles Street.
The Joint Charles Street Committee initiated the plan to install guards and plantings along the neighborhood’s commercial street and launched a pilot program with Boston Antiques and Charles Street Liquors sponsoring the first guards for trees in front of their stores.
“It was a coming together of a lot of people overcoming a lot of hurdles,” said Steve Young, of the Beacon Hill Civic Association. “The plantings went in, the guards went in. Everybody was very happy with the results.”
The Beacon Hill Civic Association then began raising funds to the rest of the 57 trees along Charles Street in honor of the association’s 90th anniversary and worked with the city to get the new guards approved. Many of the tree guards will also have plaques for donors.
“Let’s carry it out and see if we can fund it, see if we can join with the city in a public-private partnership to take care of the installation,” said Young, describing the process as he stood next to the tree sponsored by the civic association.
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