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Press Release Community Service and Court Facilities collaborate on statewide Tree Planting Project

“He who plants a tree, plants hope” - Lucy Larcom
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  • Massachusetts Probation Service

Media Contact for Community Service and Court Facilities collaborate on statewide Tree Planting Project

Coria Holland, Communications Director

MassachusettsProbationers, who are sentenced by a judge to perform community service as part of the Massachusetts Trial Court Community Service Program, will be planting flowering Kousa Dogwood trees at each of five different court sites across the Commonwealth beginning this week.

“We are excited about the opportunity to engage probationers in a pro-social community activity that allows them to be part of a larger social movement while taking responsibility for their local community,” said Vincent L. Lorenti, Director of the Office of Community Corrections.

Flowering Kousa Dogwood Tree
Flowering Kousa Dogwood Tree

The statewide planting of the Kousa Dogwood trees is a collaborative effort between Community Service and the Trial Court Facilities Department. The Kousa Dogwood — also known as Chinese, Japanese, or Korean Dogwood — reaches a mature height of 20 to 30 feet and grows under a variety of conditions. This celebration of nature kicks off tomorrow at Barnstable Superior Court followed by plantings in Palmer, Somerville, Milford, and Salem. 

The following plantings are scheduled for this week at 9 a.m.:

Barnstable Superior Court, 3195 Main Street, Tuesday, June 25

Palmer District Court, 235 Sykes Street, Wednesday, June 26

Somerville District Court, 175 Fellsway, Thursday, June 27

Milford District Court, 161 West Street, Friday, June 28

Ruane Courthouse/Salem, 56 Federal Street, Friday, June 28

Year-round, probationers perform approximately 200,000 community service hours statewide as an alternative to incarceration and in lieu of paying court costs. The Community Service Program is part of Probation’s Office of Community Corrections which includes 18 community corrections centers statewide. Offenders are transported from the centers or courts to the project sites where they perform a range of tasks — both traditional and non-traditional. This work includes trash pick-up along streets and highways; set-up of classrooms for the school year by moving furniture and painting walls; building cages for oyster seeds at state fisheries; stocking and distributing food at local soup kitchens; and setting up 1,000’s of chairs and tables for community concerts and events. This work has also led to full-time employment for many offenders.


Media Contact for Community Service and Court Facilities collaborate on statewide Tree Planting Project

Massachusetts Probation Service 

MPS's main goal is to keep communities safe and to provide people on probation with the rehabilitative tools they need to live a productive and law-abiding life.