Pittsfield: Christmas tree pickup schedule

A closeup look at the city of Pittsfield's holiday tree lighting in 2014. 

Uncle Santa wants you. That is, if you have a tree you are willing to donate to the city of Pittsfield.

Yes, donate, according to city officials. But, the gift comes with the right to say that your conifer served as the city’s official holiday tree in what we know will go down as a memorable coronavirus pandemic year.

Before you haul out that saw, be advised that only the tall fellas will do — and someone else is ready to handle the harvesting.

Here are the criteria for prospective holiday tree candidates, as listed by the city:

• Must be at least 30 feet high, give or take.

• Have a “superior shape.”

• Be located somewhere that doesn’t take a helicopter to get it out. (That’s our shorthand. The city actually says: “ease of access to the tree for cutting.”)

• A landing zone. The “ease” of cut must allow a place for it to drop. (Too fussy for a free tree? You decide.)

• More “ease” — when it comes to getting it out of its former landscape.

To nominate your free tree, contact Becky Manship, the city’s recreation and special events coordinator, by Nov. 13 by phone at 413-499-9371 or by email at parks@cityofpittsfield.org.

The candidates will be screened and a tree picked for cutting during the week of Nov. 16, according to Roberta McCulloch-Dews, the city’s director of administrative services.

May the best tree win. 

Larry Parnass can be reached at lparnass@berkshireeagle.com and 413-588-8341.

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Larry Parnass joined The Eagle in 2016 from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, where he was editor in chief. His freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, CommonWealth Magazine and with the Reuters news service.