Words by Heather Beasley Doyle
Whenever Tom Brady is driving, he always looks up at the trees. “It never stops,” he said. Despite his football-famous name, this Tom Brady isn’t a professional quarterback. He’s the town of Brookline’s arborist, conservation administrator and tree warden. He spends much of his time examining the tree canopy through his windshield.

Arborists, he said, can’t turn off that leafy vigilance.

“It’s always on. We’re looking for broken limbs, hanging branches, things that are obstructing traffic signals, and if it just doesn’t look quite right, we’ll make a stop to see what’s going on,” Brady said. “[We’re] looking for canopies that might be dying, canopies that are flourishing.”

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