Sometimes I come across something concerning trees that are really inspiring. Today I am posting about two of them.
The first is a Council love story & concerns the relocation of a 100-year-old Oak tree that lives in League City in Texas USA. The tree is called the ‘Ghirardi Compton Oak’ & is 17.5mtrs (56 feet) tall, has a 30.5mts (100 feet) canopy, a girth of 41.1metres (135 inches) girth & weighs a mighty 235kgs (518,000 pounds).
The tree was in the way of road-widening planned for Louisiana Avenue so the League City Councillors voted to relocate the tree nearly 0.5kms (0.24miles) away from its current home to a new park which is being developed.
Specialists were brought in & 1 month later the Ghirardi Compton Oak was safe & happily living in its new home. This is what I love about America. As a cultural norm they take great pride in their trees & allow them to grow hundreds of years old, even if they are street trees.
They made a video of the relocation, which makes interesting viewing to see just how a massive tree like this one can be moved. The video was published 18th June 2012 so it’s a recent event. http://bit.ly/MH6pqb
The second is a more traditional love story where a man wanted to create a beautiful tribute to his wife who he had been married to for 33-years. Janet Howes the wife of Englishman Winston Howes died 17-years ago in 1995 of heart failure at age 50.
To honor her Mr Howes planted 6,000 Oak tree saplings on 6-acres of his farm near Wickwar, in South Gloucestershire, in the southwest of England. He left a 1-acre heart-shaped clearing in the middle & the point of the heart shows the direction of his wife’s childhood home.
Inside the heart is a grass meadow that Mr Howes planted out with Daffodil bulbs that bloom every spring. I think Mr Howes created something of profound beauty. It was only ‘discovered’ a little over a week ago. http://ti.me/Nsysis