By Ruth Seward

Worcester Tree Initiative has been out in the streets of Worcester structurally pruning young public trees to prevent future tree failure and to improve the structure of each tree. For us, getting out in the streets, every other weekend in the dead of winter, serves a bigger purpose for the community – keeping street trees in good form so they can provide benefits to everyone as they grow. Last week, we pruned for a different purpose, in a different community. We ventured to Harvard, Mass., to improve the health of a healing garden that provides support for cancer patients and their families.

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center is a beautiful center tucked in the woods in Harvard. The mission of this program is to provide support for families dealing with cancer in a safe serene space where nature abounds. Members of this center reached out to WTI for a little help pruning trees in the gardens surrounding their building. Seeing the beauty of this space and understanding the important mission this center provides, made it is easy to feel compelled to work on these trees!