October 17, 2021

UPDATE: City votes to save 200-year-old oak tree in Fairhope with major termite damage – WKRG News 5

UPDATE (8:50 p.m. 7/12/21): Fairhope Mayor Sherry Sullivan states the 200-year-old oak tree will certainly be saved. The city is collaborating with an arborist to determine what to do initially, yet t…….

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UPDATE (8:50 p.m. 7/12/21): Fairhope Mayor Sherry Sullivan states the 200-year-old oak tree will certainly be saved. The city is collaborating with an arborist to determine what to do initially, yet the funding is currently allocated for the work to begin.

Original story

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG)– Stacey Howell is constantly trying to find the following subject to repaint, and also this time she didn’t need to search much.

“Individuals bring their youngsters here for digital photography for Easter and Xmas,” Howell stated. Across the street from her house on North Bayview Method stands a large oak tree that’s been around for greater than 200 years. She picked to repaint the tree on canvas to keep in mind it for years to find.

“I enjoy the bay, and also I enjoy that tree. We’ve taken pleasure in viewing that component of our area use this bluff,” she claimed.

But, times have actually altered in current weeks. Barricades currently obstruct accessibility to the oak tree as a result of Formosan termite damage, and the concern that the tree is unsteady. On Monday evening, the city council will choose its fate. Mayor Sherry Sullivan informs WKRG Information 5 it’ll cost concerning $10,000 to save the oak tree.

“The tree belongs to the area. We have actually watched generations of people come down right here to be married right there under that tree. It’s just been a true blessing,” Howell claimed.

3 arborists have investigated what can be done to refurbish the tree, however all concur it comes with a high cost. A big split down the tree has actually additionally made it harmful and also up until a choice is gotten to these barriers will remain in position.

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