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.

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