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Marginalia - Tree Friend #3
Tree Friend #3
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Leafa 19th Sep 2016, 1:12 PM edit delete
Leafa
Being cut down plunged the tree from being a point of local interest to internet-wide phenomenon, due to the Tolkien connection. A lot of people who had never ever seen the tree or knew the gardens condemned them for cutting it down, others rushed to defend the gardeners. Insults flew, flame wars were fought. For me, it all felt a little surreal.

The story goes that the tree started dropping branches, which in a confined public area like the botanical gardens was very dangerous (and probably indicated that the tree was coming to the end of its life anyway.) I don't blame those who took the decision to cut it down - safety is important. It had a good 200-something years, it's just a shame it was planted in such a confined location in the first place.
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BluRaven C. Houvener 19th Sep 2016, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
BluRaven C. Houvener
I'm starting to choke up here, can't wait to see how this plays out!
Miaubol 20th Sep 2016, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
Miaubol
Nooooooooooooooo

(I feared this would be coming ..but yes, even trees end, eventually)
Bryant 20th Sep 2016, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
Bryant
RIP in peace Tree-Bro.
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