Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Maid Marion

beloved oak tree, Aiken, SC
This is Maid Marion - one of Aiken's famous trees.

She is over 160 years old and over 200 feet high.

For perspective, the brick wall is eight feet high.

Behind the wall in the lower left you can catch a glimpse of a house with a red chimney.

Alas, Maid Marion is ailing.

Decades ago tree wisdom had the hollows cemented and blocked up.

Not a good idea - the moisture can do more damage than good.

Rot is not the cause of her ailment.

She has been seen by two tree surgeons, and the news is not good. 

Maid Marion is weak and cannot be healed.

Though she has had several surgeries over the years.

Another arborist has been called in to see if there is anything to do for her.

If no Robin Hood appears, Maid Marion is doomed.

She will come down.

We will grieve her loss.

We do love our trees.

See y'all!


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  1. Oh no... poor Maid Marion. What a beautiful tree. It's always so sad to me when a beauty like her has to come down. Hopefully this last arborist will have better news.

  2. Perhaps she can be milled and something special done to benefit the city with her wood? Something lasting?

  3. What a beautiful tree. So sorry that she is in danger of dying. Looks like some beautiful wood to be of a good use. I like the suggestion above from Rush. We are loosing a huge oak tree and it breaks my heart. I have donated two large tree trunks to the shop teacher at a local high school. He takes them to his ranch to cure, cuts planks from them and uses them in his shop classes. So they live on in some fashion.

  4. Poor Maid Marion! I guess at 160, you've got to expect to be a little bit ailing. I hope they will memorialize her in some way.

  5. I hope if she does come down, her wood be used for something special!

  6. Noooo, poor Maid Marion! That is horrible! Awww, she is so beautiful...that is so sad!! I love the huge, old trees in the south. It was definitely one of the things I missed while living in Texas. There are no "huge" trees out there because the roots can't grow deep.

  7. Maybe they could create a "memorial" from her wood.

  8. It's always sad to see a tree come down, especially one which has seen so much history beneath her mighty branches. Maybe there's someone in town who can turn her into a carving. Down here in Texas after Hurricane Ike killed many of the trees along main street someone came along and turned them into beautiful sculptures to live even longer in memory. If there's a park in town, maybe those who are good with chain saws can cut her branches into "stepping stones" to lay along pathways there. So much can be done with that wood, I hope it doesn't end up in a burn pile.

  9. I can feel you pain! We have a huge silver maple that was planted in 1929, the first thing I seen was that tree, that looks exactly like the tree in The Legend OF Sleepy Hallow movie. There is no hope for her either, a slow death. Sorry for your lose.

  10. Oh, so sad. I like the idea of using the wood for something for the city.


  11. So sad! Hopefully if she does come down, something can be made with her wood and proceeds donated to planting more trees or something special for the city. Keep us updated!

  12. That would be sad! But you wouldn't want it falling on someone. Hope Robin Hood comes in to save her!


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