“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky.”
It is with sadness that we report that the two beautiful birch trees next to the cloister have declined to the point that they need to be removed. One is dead and the other is in great distress. In their current condition they present the possible danger of falling on the building.
We are grateful to church member Eric Seaborn, a trained arborist, for pointing out the signs of distress and decline in the birches, including the opportunistic bronze birch borers (see image below), which attacks a tree that is already under stress to hasten its demise.
We will be able to plant a new tree where these trees now stand. According to Eric, there are several good candidates that are native, handsome, and suitable to plant so close to a building.
We hope to harvest and make available some of the wood from the birches so that the talented woodworkers in our congregation can access what might interest them.
Birch tree removal is scheduled for Friday, September 10th.