Tree Fell


Walking at Gring’s Mill this afternoon, encountered an event taking place at the Heritage Center: the removal of a good-sized sycamore tree, one that lends plenty of shade near the barn and the kitchen garden. It is sad to see an old tree come down. In this case, it is was a planned and well-orchestrated “fall” so the old tree would not cause damage to person or property.

The park is interested in public safety and the health of the trees. The Heritage Festival, one of the biggest festivals of the season will be held October 1 and 2. Paid county employees, volunteers and contractors are preparing for it. Two painters on ladders were at work giving the little wooden mill a fresh coat of red paint, in the backdrop of this drama.

Two men fed parts of the crown of the tree into a chopper that spewed the chopped wood and leaves into a hold-all truck that was marked Preservation Tree with the telephone number 610-235-6691.

These two men wore Bartlett tree service shirts, white helmets to protect their head and noise reducing headsets. A third man operated a bucket truck with the Altec logo. The man in the bucket was working on the disassembly of the tree stem or trunk while his coworkers tended to the above-mentioned uppermost section, which had been sawn off prior to this writer’s arrival. A crane with a metal ball about ten or twelve inches in diameter was working near the bucket apparatus; from the ball descended a couple of sturdy yet relaxed looking ropes the hold the trunk steady while the man in the bucket truck cut across the standing tree with a chain saw.

Was able to make some sketches and save a few leaves from the old tree. Some one else will be counting the rings to discern its age.

Work was being done by Bartlett “tree expert” service, the yellow and green company colors displayed their telephone as 1-877-BARTLETT. A fourth man operated the crane, he ascended and descended from the cab to communicate with the bucket worker. They finished pretty quickly, in the time it took me to leave my keys behind.

Luckily, the park has the best crew in the world and when I had walked the mile back to Gring’s Mill, one worker called up to the maintenance master at the Heritage Center, who found the keys, and a third worker was kind enough to drive me up and back to get them. Berks County  Parks are awesome.

No heron to report. Just the crane machinery.

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