Saturday, March 16, 2013

Aerial Heirloom

Camperdown Elm at Pratt Field briefly slips the surly bonds of earth 

After spending pretty much the whole day yesterday preparing the precious Camperdown Elm for its brief but important journey of 30 yards, but then deciding to bring in a bigger 100 ton crane, today's effort went off perfectly.

A BIGGER 100 ton crane did the trick

About a dozen workers from Bartlett Tree Experts demonstrated why "experts" are part of their name and made the successful move this morning in a little less than two hours.

Only one branch from the top of the Camperdown Elm snapped off at the initial start of the launch, bringing an audible reaction from the small crowd who gathered to watch the spectacle.

 Relocation of the Camperdown Elm completed


Anonymous said...

Just out of curiosity -- I didn't grow up in this region -- what's so significant about this tree?

Larry Kelley said...

It's over 100 years old (but still has a lot of life left as long as it survives the relocation).

There's only a couple at UMass and I believe Smith College has one. So not many around.

They look a lot nicer in the summer of course.

tree hugger said...

cool! hope it survives.

Larry Kelley said...

They did an excellent job, and the trees are pretty tough by nature, so it has a good shot.

Tony said...


Anonymous said...

What a waste of money. It blows my mind when something like this costs god knows how many thousands, just to preserve "nature," yet so many people go without. Hey, I dig nature, too, but I like people more.

Larry Kelley said...

Take it up with the private individuals who donated the money. Considering the Pratt Field renovation is costing $12.5 million, that $100,000 is pocket change.

Anonymous said...

The 1% could care less about people.

Not That Anonymous said...

Just to clarify: I'm the Anonymous at 3:50 who asked about the tree. I'm not the dipwad Anonymous at 6:50 and 6:30 a.m.

I am curious, though: what kind of ninny gets up at 6:30 in the morning to post tired old leftist claptrap on someone else's blog?