Our beloved tree was a safety hazard | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

Winslow community, you may have noticed a very open space on the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue corner.

Robinia pseudoacacia, commonly known in its native territory as black locust, had been an integral part of our church grounds — something that has supported us and the Winslow community for around a century. Unfortunately, due to a deep split in the trunk, causing heavy and unsafe branches, and imminent danger to any passersby, it was with great sadness that we bid goodbye to this beautiful tree; per safety recommendations from an arborist and in working with the city, we were able to safely remove the tree in early May.

Its previous life provided a beautiful canopy for parade watchers on Fourth of July, shade for the corner garden at Winslow Way and Madison, beautiful blossoms to color our sidewalk for a few weeks each spring, and a large, visual presence we have all grown accustomed to seeing each walk or drive by the church.

Now the wood from this tree will have a second life: the large branches and upper trunk were donated to BARN for woodworking projects, and the smaller branches to the Madrona School garden in the form of wood chips.

Although this tree will be missed, we hope you may continue to enjoy this corner of Winslow in its open space and little sitting garden. This space still welcomes all.

EAGLE HARBOR CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

Bainbridge Island

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