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Norwalk photos: ‘All the trees are down …’

By the Oak Hills Park practice range Dec. 17. (Paul Cantor)

NORWALK, Conn. — Paul Cantor submitted these photos of a recent Oak Hills Park tree removal.

Neither Oak Hills Park Authority Chairman Carl Dickens nor Oak Hills Park Nature Advisory Committee Chairwoman Elsa Peterson Obuchowski answered an email asking for a reason the tree was taken down.

Cantor’s only comment about the trees was lyrics to a song by the Mamas and Papas:

All the trees are down

And the sky is gray

I went for a walk

On a winter’s day

Stepped into the park

And there began to pray

But no birds were there to join me

Cause all the birds had flown away

Same spot Dec. 16. (Paul Cantor)

11 comments

Kay Anderson January 4, 2021 at 8:14 am

Shameful. I simply can’t figure out this City’s ferocious war on any and all trees, in every neighborhood.

John ONeill January 4, 2021 at 10:05 am

Funny, I also went for a walk the other day on Oak Hills with my wife. One of thr problems with walking with my wife is I have trouble taking my eyes off her. I dont take in the landscape around me like I should. It took every ounce of discipline to look around and observe 2,000 trees happily swaying in the wind. While I’m not a proponent of deforestation we need to keep this pruning of the course in perspective..
Once Clubhouse is turned around Oak Hills will be an elite public course.
Not to sound redundant but it should be made clear I’m not a golfer..Which is another reason Oak Hills is in great shape.

Patrick McMahon January 4, 2021 at 11:02 am

This is some A+ pandering Paul! Starting the new year strong it see.

Looks to me like this tree is close to a green, probably causing shading and bad grass. Maybe the removal of this one tree will help save the environment through a reduction of fertilizer, pesticides and water? Good thing there aren’t hundreds of trees surrounding this one to really drive your point home.

Shari Brennan January 4, 2021 at 1:25 pm

Hey Paul. I walk at Oak Hills. The birds have not gone away.
You will never be happy about anything that occurs at Oak Hills as long as a golf course is there. In fact haven’t you often proposed more non golf facilities be built such as a public pool. I am sure the birds would love that!

Tysen Canevari January 4, 2021 at 8:40 pm

Here we go again with Paul Cantor and the trees. He is now alking to course to photgraph tree guys taking down a tree. The story gets older by the minute. BTW most birds do fly away in the winter!

Shari Brennan January 5, 2021 at 9:47 am

Hope you are kidding about the pool for all the obvious reasons unless you would like in your neighborhood.

Tysen Canevari January 5, 2021 at 11:27 pm

Dear Paul, You should be outraged by the house near you on Fillow Street that is running a huge contractor yard in back of his house. Dump trucks, Large machinery etc… Now that might be a good cause to investigate that will hurt your property value.

John Miller January 6, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Shari Brennan is correct. These trees were diseased. The tree in the lower picture was next to the third green and there was a great deal of rot clearly visible just above the root system which made it a hazard.

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