By Beth David, Editor
Nothing lasts forever, especially living things. And so, the center of town must say “good bye” to the old horse chestnut tree that was on the grounds of the Unitarian church on the southeast side.
According to a message sent to the congregation, the inside of the trunk has hollowed out, making it unstable. The trunks have been held together by a steel a cable for at least 20 years.
The leaves and nuts that fall into the gutter system also cause water backups, and cost money to remove.
“If not done quickly enough, the water finds its way into the mortar and walls of the church,” reads the statement, causing structural and cosmetic damage to the church.
“This decision was not taken lightly,” reads the statement. “In fact, we voted to purchase and plant a sapling in its honor on our campus. It will probably not be placed in the same location, but it will serve as a testament to this congregation’s ability to grow and adapt in changing conditions.”
Bob Rocha, who is president of the congregation, said no one knows how old the tree is, but the cables have been there for at least 20 years, and, presumably, the tree was old then.
“We thank you for your understanding and acknowledge any sadness you feel over the loss of this old friend,” concludes the statement.
Workers from Scarlett Tree Service took the tree down last Thursday, 11/5, while people from the neighborhood watched and photographers got pictures of the gaping hole in the trunk. Even a hawk seemed to know that it was his last chance to sit in the branches, alighting for a few minutes while the chain saws were quiet.
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