Answer to Those Downed Trees on Frenchtown

by | Oct 5, 2023

If you travel on Frenchtown Road with any regularity, you’ve noticed a landscape change west of Tillinghast Road – the evergreen trees lining the tennis and basketball courts have disappeared. Well, they’ve been cut down. So, why?

We asked Community Services Director Andy Wade and it starts with power lines. Rhode Island Electric trims trees that come near power lines, or rather it hires tree companies to do that work. For many years, the tree company (companies?) trimmed a neat box into those eight trees that line the courts, allowing the power lines to pass through and keeping the trees pretty normal looking.

But the tree contractor who trimmed the trees last spring, according to Wade, was a less focused on finesse. The result was trees largely shaved down one side. According to the town’s tree warden, they were on a short path to death. The town talked to the people at R.I. Energy and the energy company paid to have the trees cut down.

Wade said they will plant new trees in the space, smaller trees that will not need so much pruning near the power lines.

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Joannie Hinman
Joannie Hinman
October 6, 2023 8:52 am

That’s a sad error. Hopefully the contractor lacking finesse is now on a town “do not call” list. As for replacement plantings, the EG Tree Council could suggest a few native trees for consideration!

Anna Zaino
Anna Zaino
October 7, 2023 10:06 am
Reply to  Joannie Hinman

well said, Joannie.

Jane Isaac
Jane Isaac
October 9, 2023 7:58 am
Reply to  Anna Zaino

Agree with prior comments

Jack osman
Jack osman
October 9, 2023 6:51 am
Reply to  Joannie Hinman

I totally agree, Joanie. The. Council can suggest appropriate replacements.

Chris R.
Chris R.
October 13, 2023 8:06 am

We have an active Tree Council who hopefully was engaged in the decision to cut these down, and also will be sought to help identify replacements for these nice trees. I bet our friend George C. may have a few native species in mind that would work nicely in this spot. 🙂


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