Francine Deutsch: Save the cherry trees on Warfield Street

Published: 4/26/2021 4:21:50 PM

If you have never seen the cherry trees on Warfield Place in bloom, put the newspaper down right now and go immediately, or at least go this week for the spectacular show they put on briefly in the spring.

If you miss it this year, you may never get a chance to see it again because the city has slated them to be destroyed. Warfield Place is scheduled to have its road resurfaced and its sidewalks upgraded, all of which will kill the trees even if they weren’t being chopped down.

I was horrified to hear of the loss of one of Northampton’s great treasures. Every year I eagerly anticipate the emergence of these blossoms. When I’ve brought Northamptonites there, they are astonished to see what had been hidden on this tiny L-shaped street that connects Finn and Prospect.

The Department of Public Works has an elaborate rationale for their planned actions. They report that Warfield Street is in poor repair and the trees are in poor health. According to the tree warden, they probably do not have more than five years of life left in them. However, can’t we just patch the potholes for now and let these beautiful trees live out their natural lives?

There are many streets in Northampton that could use refurbishing. I beg the city to delay the Warfield project and let us enjoy this gorgeous sight for a few more years. If you agree, I urge you to write to the mayor and ask him to save these trees (mayor@northamptonma.gov).

Francine Deutsch

Northampton




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