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Five oak trees cut down in Tallahassee Chain of Parks after safety concerns

The trees stood tall in the park for more than a 100 years
Posted at 3:54 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 06:40:03-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — After years of standing tall in Tallahassee's Chain of Parks, some oak trees will no longer provide shade for those passing through.

The city cut down five trees Saturday morning after calling them a potential safety hazard. A tree expert told ABC 27, after hundreds of years in Tallahassee, the trees had too much decay to save them. Ann Bidlingemaier said the trees may look strong and healthy on the outside but many of the tree roots are too close together, which stops them from growing properly.

The roots have been impacted by utilities and concrete and bricks," said Bidlingemaier. "Then, you look up at the top of the tree and the crown is gone. It's bald and that's a sign that the tree is in decline and there is nothing to stop them from falling down in the street, on top of a car or person."

The city said it had multiple tree experts take a look at them before making the decision to bring them down.

The city said the best option now is to replant in the area. The only caveat is they can't replant in the same spots as before or else they run the risk of running into the same problem.