Community petitions to keep oak tree standing


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This oak tree in Wilmington’s Kennedy park may soon be cut down.

“We don’t want anything nibbled off this tree,”Petition organizer Susan Bondurant said. “We love it the way it is.”

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Bondurant and neighbors are starting a petition to keep the city from cutting the tree that’s been standing for hundreds of years. The city believes the tree is rotting and wants to cut it down to avoid the chance that it falls on a child playing in the park

“I talked to one of the residents, who’s living in his mother’s house, who as a little child at 5 years old said that cavity was there then,” Bondurant said. “It has stabilized, it has not gotten any worse.”

This week, organizers are holding meetings welcoming the community to join their cause against the city. They also plan to speak at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Bondurant said the tree is special to those who live in the area and thinks it deserves a second chance.

“When you see an ancient, historic, spectacular tree being threatened, question it,” she said. “All of us should question it.”


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