Dec 31, 2015 3:18 PM
Fearing damage, cemetery cuts down 250-year-old maple tree
The Associated Press
DUNBARTON — A maple tree that stood for 250 years in a New Hampshire cemetery has been taken down.
The Concord Monitor reports that the Dunbarton town cemetery decided to cut down the tree a day before Christmas out of concern for its age and the possibility that branches could fall and damage gravestones.
Selectman and cemetery board Chairman Tom Groleau says a tree specialist determined years ago that the tree was slowly dying. He said the trustees didn't feel a public notice about the tree cutting was necessary and that the decision was documented publicly.
Some residents hope to use some of the wood to make a table in remembrance of the tree while others hope to donate wood to families in need of wood for heating.