With great regret and after consulting with two arborists, Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting has determined that one of the three large sycamores on the construction site of our new meetinghouse needs to be removed. We expect the removal to happen in the next few days.
During the planning for building the new meetinghouse, the client committee leading the project and the contractor’s project manager made every effort to treat the trees carefully to do as little damage as possible to them during construction. For example, we included in the construction costs the use of copper piping around the roots, and got special permission from the city water department to route some of the pipes around roots so that they would not have to be cut.
Despite our efforts, we learned recently from tree experts that one of the sycamores is likely to die. For the safety of the neighborhood and the workers on the site, the arborists and construction company recommend that we take the tree down now.
In addition, the arborists said one of the other remaining sycamores would benefit from having some of its crown removed. With less crown, the tree’s roots will have less weight to support. So while one tree is being removed, we will have some of the crown of another tree reduced in size.
The Meeting is committed to expanding the plantings on the meetinghouse site and we are continuing our fundraising efforts in order to plan for and install additional plants. This work will happen after the completion of the building.
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Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting
100 E. Mermaid Lane
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118-3507
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