While I appreciate the holiday sentiment that prompted some in Montpelier to decorate the street trees downtown with ornaments, the city’s Tree Board, which is responsible for planting and maintaining these trees, has requested that the decorations be removed. These trees struggle to stay alive, and, though it seems innocuous, the act of hanging anything on a tree, even when done with care as this was, is potentially damaging.
In other cases, such as at City Center, property owners have hung lights on trees. Again, this seems a simple, harmless act, but I can cite many examples around town of trees having been subsequently girdled — “strangled” — by lights that were then left in place for years.
Please, trees are living things that need all the help they can get from humans and as little “holiday stress” as possible. Thanks.
Co-chairman, Montpelier Tree Board
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