For 200 years, this oak has watched the time go by in Fairhope.
Thanks to the city council, he will look down on yet another generation.
Formosa termites and a giant crack in its trunk threatened the deep roots of the tree.
This week, city council voted to foot the nearly ten thousand dollar bill to save it.
Some people are not happy with the high price.
For a town known for its tree-lined streets, Fairhope Mayor Sherry Sullivan said the move was due to more than one factor.
âWe’ve lost so many trees to Sally that just being able to save that tree is, I think, important to people,â said Mayor Sullivan.
Several long-time Fairhopians tell us that this oak is more than just a tree.
âIt’s a historic tree, it adds beauty to the neighborhood and it’s a classic. People have weddings and photo ops all the time, âsaid Gray Billups, of Fairhope.
âI guess it definitely beat me here for sure,â said Bill Sullivan, who lives nearby.
After two hundred years, some tell us that the tree has more than deserved its sustenance.
“I think there must be a lot of Formosa termites in a lot of these trees, and I can’t imagine getting rid of this beautiful tree will get rid of these termites, so I’m happy to hear that they will. save him, Sullivan said.
The city has contracted with Chris Francis Tree Care in Baldwin County, who we are told will begin installing an additional support system for the tree in the coming days.
For now, authorities have put up barricades to prevent people from getting too close until the oak can be stabilized.
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