#28 Long Lots — Update

Here is an update on this morning’s post, about #28 Long Lots Road and its  enormous sycamore tree:

  • A 180-day delay has been granted on the proposed demolition of the home.
  • The owner may not take down the tree. He believes it is in the town’s right of way.
  • The Westport Tree Board is investigating the idea of “historic designation” for trees.
The sycamore at 28 Long Lots Road.

The sycamore at 28 Long Lots Road.

18 responses to “#28 Long Lots — Update

  1. Even my 86 year old mother-in-law who lives in an independent living facility in Riverdale (the Bronx) admires this tree whenever we drive under it. I consider it a “fixture” and part of the charm of Westport.0

  2. Yay!

  3. Wendy Crowther

    The newly-energized Tree Board is the perfect entity to look into the idea of historic designations for special trees. Another tree they should consider is on Jesup Green. I remember it from my first visit to Westport in the late 1960s or early 1970s (my family subsequently moved here in 1971). I’ve been told that it is Westport’s Charter Oak and was planted from an acorn taken from CT’s actual, designated Charter Oak (which I think is/was in Hartford, CT).

  4. Suzanne Zarrilli

    I love that tree. I drive Long Lots many times a day. It puts a smile on my face as I pass. When showing visitors by the tree, I point it out and they agree it is a beautiful tree. Let’s call it a “landmark” and not allow it to be cut down!

  5. Taylor, Charlie

    If this tree has stood 100 years, it may well stand another 100.


    Charles Taylor
    Director of Major Gifts
    Vanderbilt University
    School of Engineering
    Mailing address:
    PMB 401531
    Nashville, TN 37240-1531

  6. Isabelle Isafan

    I love that tree!! Seeing it is like a reset button, makes everything right again.

  7. Just came back from Italy and one day when touring around my husband and I both commented that a tree we saw on the grounds of a villa looked just like the long lots tree. Will make sure to enjoy it this fall just in case…

  8. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Electrical wires trump the beauty of trees every time. Even your town arborist must acknowledge this. I’m quite amazed that the tree hasn’t been trimmed for its own health, never mind the safety issues!
    My municipality has marked our old growth trees (of course those on town property) in order to maintain their beauty and life.

  9. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    p.s. Smart homeowners have their trees inspected yearly.

  10. Bart Shuldman

    I can’t wait to see the Westport Tree Wardon define a historic tree. At first I thought this was a bad joke.

    When we get another bad storm and the limbs knock our power off, then what? Can we take down the tree that was damaged or the branches so we stop losing power in our town?

    Will someone inspect my house and force me to keep an old tree even if it could cause damage in a storm? How does our town define the tree?

    We have a hard time defining an historic house and what to do with it (Gunn) now we will have a tree wardon? Really? Are my taxes paying for this too?

    • Nancy Hunter Wilson

      Independent tree companies who inspect trees on your property and advise trimming, detect decay, etc. are a must. You pay out of your own pocket but save a lot of money later if sick trees fall on your, or your neighbor’s house during a storm. On the other hand, City taxes must address city trees. Constantly. “Historic trees” have no meaning unless they continue to be maintained. If you want trees on your town’s streets, just pay to look after them. It’s not much. Then, pay to replace the sick trees (and they all become sick, eventually). In a matter of three years no one will miss the old ones. Again, it doesn’t cost a Westport taxpayer his/her life’s savings to care for something as simple as a tree.
      The Gunn House is a different issue entirely!

  11. Nice to know, Wendy!

  12. Bart Shuldman

    So let me understand what you are saying. The tree wardon has no authority over trees on my property? This is only for town trees? So historic trees are town owned trees?

  13. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Speak to your “Tree Board” (Seriously, doesn’t Westport have a certified Arborist?) I am only speaking from my own town’s experience. All trees are historic. None are “special” to everyone. Just like us.

  14. Sandy Soennichsen

    The town does have a tree warden (part time) and his name is Andy Puskas. As most of us know, trees and wires are not a good mix and unfortunately it’s the wires that have to win out, meaning some trees do have to be taken down or trimmed out a lot. We might not like it, but lets see, power and utilities or a cute tree, hmmmm, I would think most would go for the utilities. (But “historic designations” for trees? How does that work?) Residents on my street have had the tree warden over several times, and the answer we usually received was that, even if the tree is on town property. ergo a town tree, you can still trim any of it that extends over your property line. You can’t take it down, but you can trim it. If the tree needs to be trimmed back because of wires, you are responsible for clearing the wires between the pole and your house over your property line. If it’s over town property, the town is responsible. Andy has always responded to our calls and he is very nice, so he can help with any tree problems you might have.

  15. Trees are like homes…they need to be maintained and pruned and sometimes canopied as required. Responsible homeowners hire an arborist to make these determinations regarding tree care and maintenance. As for that Sycamore, It appears very healthy and yes it is unique and a landmark. If a builder or developer wants to save a tree they can. As a contractor, I have dealt extensively with tree logistics and challenging site conditions. It can be achieved if desired. Unfortunately, it costs more to accommodate saving a tree then cutting it down…not a great incentive for developers.

  16. Johanna Rossi

    If there is a petition to save the Sycamore tree, I will sign it.