News : Community says a goodbye as South Church cuts tree

Apr 6, 2012

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

Written by Charles McMahon

PORTSMOUTH — The removal of the 90-year-old European copper beech tree at South Church on Thursday prompted tears and fond farewells from community members who lined the sidewalk on State Street to watch as workers trimmed the historic tree all the way to its trunk.

A crew from Cornerstone Tree Care showed up at South Church early in the day to prepare for the tree's removal. A crane was brought in, and a police detail was present as part of Church Street was closed down.

The European copper beech tree's fate had been the subject of controversy in recent weeks. Residents rallied to dissuade church officials from having the tree removed, creating an online petition and adorning the tree and the area around it with signs and flowers in support of saving the tree.

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