Town to remove dying sycamore on Broad Street

What remains of a nearly 100-year-old sycamore tree in front of 180 SW Broad Street will be removed on June 7.

The tree, which town arborist Jeff Grey used to call a “grand old tree,” has suffered from bacterial leaf scorch over the past few years, which has also killed several sycamores in the area.

A few years ago, the tree’s damaged wood was removed in hopes of saving it. This effort failed, and what is left of the tree now poses a threat as it continues to die.

“Anytime we lose a tree as historic and significant as this old sycamore, it is like losing an old friend,” says Grey. “Growing up here, I enjoyed the shade from this tree many times. We did our best to help it survive, but it must be removed.”

Any questions regarding the project may be directed to the town’s Parks and Grounds Division at 910-692-1983.


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