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Loss of a Community Giant

by | Mar 31, 2022

It takes specialized (big) chainsaws to clear the huge treasure tree that provided an arched entryway into the St. Albans neighborhood. (Bill Giduz photo)


Tuesday morning there was a buzz on social media in Davidson. It was the sad news of the loss of a giant.

No, not a human giant – one of Davidson’s “Treasure Trees.” Tom Watson said the tree was “#64 in the Davidson Treasure Tree listing which recorded its circumference is 144 inches (12 feet), height 62 feet, with an average crown spread 99 feet.”

Sometime in the early morning hours, the tree fell across St. Alban’s Lane. No one was injured, but a vehicle was damaged. Dave Munger, a local cyclist encountered the massive obstacle in his path as he attempted to ride into town just before 6:00 a.m. The Town sent out an alert on Facebook, and News of Davidson’s Bill Giduz got there in time to get some photos of the cleanup efforts. See Bill’s imagery in this photo album.

A crew from Layton’s Tree Service was quick to respond to get the major part of the tree out of the roadway.

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