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Wednesday December 2nd, 2015

Posted at 9:49pm

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Safety concerns about the condition of two Silver Maple trees in front of Essex Town Hall have led to a decision to remove the trees.

The town says that both trees are very large and quite old. One tree is situated very close to Town Hall and was pruned last year in the hopes of extending its lifespan. The second tree grows close to the Cenotaph and Essex United Church. It was examined by an arborist three weeks ago, after a large branch fell to the ground. Extensive evidence of rotting was noted and the tree was pruned at that time to minimize potential danger.

“We have been monitoring the condition of these two trees for the last year in the hopes that we could conduct some selective pruning and extend their lifespans,” says Doug Sweet, Director of Community Services.

“Unfortunately, both trees are in much worse shape than we could determine from the ground. Given their size and their location, we’ve decided to reduce any potential safety concerns by removing them.”

Removal is slated to begin on Thursday, December 3rd and finish on Friday, December 4th.

As parts of the municipal property will be cordoned off for the next two days, visitors to Town Hall are encouraged to park on Talbot Street or Irwin Avenue and approach the front entrance from the west side of the building.

In the spring, the Town is expecting to identify suitable locations for replacement trees.

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