The People’s Tree Goes

Rev. Alison Patton has been here just over a year.

A tree at the corner of the Post Road and North Compo Road has been here a lot longer.

It’s been here through a couple of decades of People’s Savings Bank. It was here, shading the original home of Ed Mitchell’s. It was here before that too, when the building housed a heating contractor.

Now it’s gone. But as it was being cut, Rev. Patton snapped a photo.

Peoples Bank treeI’m not sure why it’s gone. Maybe it was diseased. Maybe the bank worried it would fall during the next storm. Or maybe someone just didn’t like it there.

Whatever the reason, there’s one less tree on the Post Road.

And, as Rev. Patton says, it’s on a corner that “could use more, not less green.”

8 responses to “The People’s Tree Goes

  1. Many years ago the League of Women Voters led a “greening of the Post Road”, prompting the planting of many trees and bushes. Maybe we need to do that again.

  2. elaineclayton

    I loved that tree. I think it was a giant holly and it appeared healthy. I am inspied to draw people in their environment and have sketched many trees around town, so I always noticed this one but had not sketched it yet. I understand cutting down dangerous trees but it is agonizing to see ones like this eliminated, yet it is every owner’s right to make those decisions. I’ll miss this one, particularly in winter because the snow coveted it so nicely.

  3. brad french

    Wow. That looks like it was the Heritage river birch. It was a young beautiful example but never pruned to show off the pinkish exfoliating bark. It was going to grow much larger.

  4. Lisa Shufro

    It wasn’t a birch. It was, as Elaine Clayton observed, an American holly. I admired it often. It is doubly sad that this tree was killed, because it was a beautiful specimen of a native tree, something we should all be planting more of, not removing. Local native trees not only provide beauty, shade and oxygen for people, but habitat for local fauna, specifically beneficial insects and the birds that feed in them. As a master gardener I can say with confidence that this was a healthy tree that did not pose any imminent danger to the property. When was the last time you saw a large holly branch fall? They just don’t. Nor are hollies known for being blown down. The tree didn’t even interfere with sight lines, so I really cannot imagine a sound rationale for taking it down. It is a great loss to the aesthetics and environmental health of that corner.

  5. Alison J. B. Patton

    I’ll ask next time I’m at the bank, unless someone else gets to it first!

  6. elaineclayton

    Dan, I thought the tree in the picture you put up here was the tree that is no longer there , but to my astonishment, I drove by yesterday and unless im confused, I saw that it IS still there ( and that one in the picture, the one I always admired and still do, is the holly I mentioned in my previous post ?). So, I thought the holly in the picture was the one you said was cut down. I have to look up river birch now so I can learn more about them, especially if one was somewhere at the corner and is now gone. I’m trying to figure out more about the tree that is no longer there– any before and after pictures? Thanks.