New Life For Old Trees?

The trees lining the entrance to Longshore are handsome and stately.

They’re also old. And dangerous.

The Parks and Recreation Department, with the consent of the tree warden, has identified approximately 15 trees that are the last of the originals along the entry road. They’re identified by their poor shape, and the condition of their crowns.

These trees have reached — or will soon — the end of their useful lives. The crowns are sparse and misshaped, as a result of deterioration and falling dead wood over many years. Large branches have fallen — threatening golfers, drivers, bicyclists and joggers — and the trees themselves may topple in high winds.

The trees lining the Longshore entrance have a long history -- and are now old.

The trees lining the Longshore entrance have a long history — and are now old.

Nearly 20 years ago, Parks and Rec realized what was coming “down the road.” They planted a new strand of trees, further back along both sides of the entrance. Now mature, they create a visual row of trunks and shade. When the 15 oldest trees — which also crowd and shade the new trees — are cut, the new ones will benefit.

Parks and Rec — and the Westport Tree Board — understand the love many Westporters have for trees. (Until they fall on your property.) Thanks to the new trees, there will be no real visual impact after removal.

And the department and board hope the old trees will have a 2nd life.

That’s where “06880” comes in. If you’ve got an idea on how to “repurpose” those 15 trees, click “Comments.” Artists? Furniture makers (Todd Austin, perhaps)? Let’s hear your thoughts.

WARNING: There is no guarantee that the trees are in good enough shape for anything.

Longshore trees frame this wedding photo by Victoria Souza.

Longshore trees frame this wedding photo by Victoria Souza.

6 responses to “New Life For Old Trees?

  1. Joyce Barnhart

    I’m sure there’d be lots of buyers for mementos that included a piece of a tree with a map or photo of Longshore. With 15 trees, there could be LOTS of pieces! A good fund-raiser.

  2. use the tree to make benches and chairs for town parks and beaches

  3. Carve them into benches and stools for the Course and picnic areas… use them as a natural stump surround for the cemetery (with names of the soldiers on placques) put plaques on all of the pieces as rememberances to longshore related folks (like Baldwin) and as a simultaneous fund raiser for Longshore.

  4. Why not sell the wood and put into the golf course (which desperately needs some TLC), or how about we replace those hideous park benches the P&R Dept. has put all over Compo and Longshore?

  5. Nathaniel Martin

    I’d LOVE to get a few of those logs! My neighbor had a hickory and a giant apple tree cut down and i hired a guy with a bandsaw mill to cut them into slabs. After drying out in my shop, I used the lumber for my kitchen island counter top, a workbench, a trestle table and several other projects. Trees are beautiful and i hate to see them cut down, but that doesn’t have to be the end of their beauty.

    A lot of times the centers will be rotted out if the crowns are dying, but if there are good logs, I’d LOVE to get a few of these. And keep some of this history within Westport.

  6. I like a lot of the suggestions. I think the idea of creating benches for Longshore and Compo is a great idea. If there’s enough wood-how about benches along Compo road-or downtown so everyone can enjoy Westport.