* Farewell to a Tree

old beech tree

Most days I drive past an old house with a grand old beech tree in the garden. It is enormous… and so big that the branches  have reached into the earth as roots, and then surfaced again as “appendage” trees.

It is magnificent.

I noticed the house was bought by new owners. They put in new windows.

Today I drove past and the tree was gone. No evidence except wood chips.

I held my breath in the horror of it.

Now I’m left with dismay and an overwhelming aching over the loss of one of nature’s wonders.

Trees have such an energy and vibrancy. They come from the earth and reach for the sky. They are so alive.

Why do we humans think they can be manipulated and killed at will. Must the intruding “wilderness” be kept at bay in our back yard.

I know, there is so much more damage being done to our planet in monumental ways, but this brought it right home to my doorstep.

“Progress” like this hurts!

45 thoughts on “* Farewell to a Tree

  1. Please write a little notecard with a huge FOR SHAME, YOU HEARTLESS HUMANS on it. Sign it from an angry Californian and put it on the end of an arrow and plant it in the spot where the beautiful tree once lived.

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    • Yes … It feels just like that MK! Today I will mourn some more. Tomorrow I will create a story that makes it okay. Such as – it had a disease… It has seedlings ready to burst forth …
      But even the best story can’t cover up the ignorance and self absorption of so many.

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  2. I agree wholeheartedly, but I also wonder if perhaps the roots had broken sewer or drainage pipes or undermined the house foundations?

    Was that beautiful old tree close to the house?

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  3. So sad, Val. 😦 This past weekend one of my neighbors chopped down a tree in their backyard and I grieved over it. I know it sounds a bit overly dramatic, but as I listened to the chainsaws and the chipper/shredder going, I felt as though a murder was being committed. I swear trees have a consciousness…

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  4. Val, I totally get it – I am the same way. Though it might help if you knew that many beech in the US are dying slowly of disease. I know this because I lived in the Maine woods for 34 years. Every year we cut 10 cord of wood to heat our house in the long winters. At that time, beech were becoming rarer and rarer to see grow much beyond a few years. FYI, and I hope it helps. Maybe this tree was, indeed, diseased. When I view your photo, it looks suspiciously like those I saw back then. Aloha, dear one, and take heart. http://www.baycounty-mi.gov/Docs/Health/GypsyMoth/BeechBark.pdf

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    • Thank you Bela for sharing this perspective and insight. The photo is one from Google that came closest. We do have gypsy moths here, so you may be right! We also have elder beetles approaching from the north as well…
      It does help if I think in terms of mother nature or Tao finding its balance naturally.
      Thank you 💕

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  5. I lived in an area in the South where you had to have trees removed by approval of the community association. It came about after hurricane wind damage to the local pine forest (So. Carolina), and folks used the storm as an excuse to cut down trees on their property. It sounded restrictive to me at the time we purchased the house, but I soon came to understand.

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    • Thank you Van for highlighting the struggle between the rights of individuals to have the freedom to do what they want,versus the greater needs of the community… and planet.
      I’m grateful that my perspective and understanding has broadened as I age .

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  6. It reminds me of a walk through a wood and coming upon this incredibly old beech tree. It seemed to command in its own presence, as if it was an ancient King attending his own royal court. I often wonder at the stories that these ancient trees could tell if only they could talk. I live in the West of Ireland in a landscape rich in ancient Celtic Mysticism, how much life energy do these ancient trees possess. I mourn the passing of these wonderful tree, alas all is impermanent.

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    • Alas Jill, it wasn’t a photo of the actual tree … just an image I found on google that had the most similarity. I do share the image in my mind with my hubby though. Although we had never spoken of the tree, turns out he knew this one well and was so sad to hear it had been taken down.
      Sharing our grief brings comfort.
      Thank you Jill 💛

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  7. We had to remove some trees that were too big for our timy lot, but they weren’t what anyone would call magnificent. I would think that if the tree had caused damage, the previous homeowner would have had to address it before the sale. That makes me think this was more about the view. Sad.

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  8. Sad for the loss of the tree. Eons ago we bought in our neighborhood because of the abundance of trees. So many of our neighbors have had theirs cut. It makes me feel sad, but I feel joy in my own yard of tall pines and a huge grand oak that hangs over two thirds of my house. My neighbor has asked us to cut it as part of it hangs over the edge of her house. We said no and life went on as usual. She told us the guy who cleaned her gutters (some random dude off the street, not an arborist) told her it had ants and was hollow…it is old but it is strong…we will take our chances. We find great comfort in this tree.

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  9. I can feel your pain, Val. Trees hold such wisdom as they grow through generations and see all of our secrets…
    I know the idea that it was diseased …or causing harm doesn’t help very much. I share the sadness with you. Blessings my friend 💔

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    • Thank you Lorrie for sharing your heart filled message. Recognizing all our feelings brings healing and wholeness to whatever we experience. I am happy to feel what I have felt. A few years ago, I think I might have dismissed it and not allowed myself to be “emotional” about it…
      Now I know better.
      Thank you my friend

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  10. Our local supermarket had the most gorgeous crab apple trees I have ever seen. No one knew what the variety was but they were beautiful when they bloomed and didn’t get any of the usual apple diseases. They put in a pub as an addition. Even though the pub was on the other side they pulled out all the landscaping. The were replaced by twigs. I was so sad. I don’t know why people/businesses don’t try to work around something that is beautiful and healthy.

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    • I agree Kate. There is a lack of recognition of nature’s beauty. Perhaps it goes back to the colonial times of practicality and claiming the wilderness for the betterment of man in the new world!

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  11. Aagh! Desperate. Even if the tree was causing problems with the house’s foundations or drainage – doubtful, as it had just been bought – then there surely had to be a solution other than this? Are there no equivalents of Britain’s TPO’s (Tree Preservation Orders) in the States? H ❤

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    • There is nothing like TPO’s in general Hariod.
      Although there are arboretums to preserve species and do research, I believe there is a core cultural difference between the New World and the Old World. Part of the rejection of Old World values was to claim land, clear it and make it provide a livelihood.
      Preservation of the past is set aside in order to build for the future.
      The right of the individual to do what he likes on his own land vs coming together for the betterment of everyone is a real culture clash.
      That is why it is so difficult to bring about change for the common good, which would mean taking away any rights of the individual.

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  12. Just yesterday, I saw what had once been a beautiful big tree reduced to just the trunk, with marks where all the limbs had been sawed off, and it really made me sad! I don’t know if they plan to take the trunk down today, or if they plan to leave it at that. But it’s horrible to look at.

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    • Seeing it happening may be worse that seeing the before and after.
      Between you and me Ann, I can’t be around bonsai trees any more. I sense their pain in being bound and stunted…
      Thank you for your kind comment 💛

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  13. This hurts my heart, as it does everyone here. Honestly, if the house was too close to the tree, move the house. And I mean it, impractical as it sounds. The investment of the tree was priceless. As lovely as a house may be, it is never priceless, IMO. I weep with you.

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