Wrentham Town Common is going to receive a little bit of a trim. Several Norway maples planted along the edge of the common, across from the Original Congregational Church down towards Old Fiske Library, will be removed. The trees are considered an invasive species and, over the years, have become misshapen as National Grid has pruned them to stay clear of the power lines. "They've been pruned in such a way that aesthetically they're not desirable to look at," explains Ray Rose, Wrentham's Tree Warden.
Not only are the trees not aesthetically pleasing, the Norway maples are gluttons for the nutrients in the soil hindering the growth of plants and trees in the area.The town, through support of the Town Common Landscape and Memorials Committee, has been preparing for the removal of the Norway maples. Over the years different, more appropriate trees like dogwoods, elm trees, and some cherry trees have been planted to improve the look of the Common. "It's an effort to repopulate the Common with better species of trees and better locations so that we're not just removing trees," Rhodes says. "We've definitely planted more trees than we'll be removing and I think that's a good policy to have."
The Town Common Landscape and Memorials Committee is meeting on October 8, 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Building to discuss the removal of the trees. The public is invited to attend to provide feedback and ask questions of David Ropes, arborist from Tree Specialist. Ropes is serving as an advisor for the health and care of the trees. The committee will also post signs on trees being considered for removal. Questions may also be submitted to the Town Common Landscape Committee, Wrentham Town Hall, 79 South St.