This guy even bounced a couple times to see what would happen. Luckily for both him and the tree, the branch held.
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No respect!! Horticulturists viewing this photo must be saying Oh No!!
but when Dorothy Parker was asked to use the word "horticulture" in a sentence, she shot back:
"You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think."
childish, wasteful, destructive, insensitive, irresponsible, get off the tree, you jerk. This isn't 6 Flaggs amusement park. Just grow up.
Who else would do such a thing?
you couldn't even play on the grass in the public gardens...they were strictly botanical gardens; you played on the common. Now it's like Disney World.
Maiden stage allure is so powerful that the young males are helpless when it is applied.
Looks like a beech tree which are fairly sturdy.
When the young men of our land no longer climb the easy trees
When they cease to reach for the low-hanging fruit
There may come a day when the young women stop pretending that boys' foolishness is attractive
This is not that day
Today, we climb!
Actually, I'm sure that thousands of kids have climbed out on that branch. Eventually, it will weaken, but I hope the arborists will notice and take action before the bough breaks.
Where is this from? I want to say Dead Poets Society, but cursory googling didn't help me.
Regardless, that was one impressive tree...
But yes, in imitation of LOTR, Aragorn's pep-talk before the battle at Mordor.
If people keep walking by and hitting your leg with a baseball bat, eventually it will weaken and break. What would you expect a doctor to do about it? The solution is to stop the overgrown adolescent idiot pigs who keep repeatedly doing the damage.
That's what. So far there evidently hasn't been any "damage." Wood is incredibly strong -- stronger than steel of equivalent weight. Unless the tree is actually damaged by lightning or some kind of parasite, that branch will continue to hold up kids forever. If the tree does suffer damage, my assumption is that the professional tree experts paid to care for the ones in the Gardens will notice it and do whatever is appropriate to heal it. I'm not a tree expert, and I bet you aren't either. What it sounds like you are is somebody who would ban kids from climbing trees. Say it ain't so, Joe.
"I'm not a tree expert"
Surely, you jest?!?
And don't call me Shirley.
Many of the trees in the Public Garden (not Gardens) are quite old and in fact are damaged by parasites and therefore not sturdy enough to hold grownups climbing on their outstretched limbs. Little kids climbing trees -- sure, but if you're a grown adult... not so much. If you donate money to the Friends of the Public Garden, which I do, you get a newsletter with on efforts to care for the trees. Sadly many mature trees in the Public Garden, Boston Common and Comm. Ave. Mall have been lost over recent years so caring for the ones that remain is important to people who use the parks and appreciate the beauty of having trees in the city.
I'm not a tree expert, and I bet you aren't either. What it sounds like you are is somebody who would ban kids from climbing trees.
If "kids" (this "kid" looks a bit old to be called a "kid", and sufficiently hefty into the bargain) climbing trees damages the trees, you bet I would. The yout' in question is welcome to grow his own tree on which to climb, which he may damage to his heart's content. Other trees are off limits, just like other people's cars, public statues, anything that does not belong to you is not yours to damage.
As for the damage, if I smash your leg with a baseball bat, a doctor will "do whatever is appropriate to heal it", right? Well...healing doesn't exactly work that way, not for humans and not for trees, but we'll let that go. So the tree is "healed" by the arborists doing "arborist things", only while it's healing, some other "kid" stresses the "healing" damaged limb. What "arborist things" are going to fix that?
Is this a fetish of yours, wanting to smash the legs of people you disagree with, using a baseball bat? Doesn't seem wholly rational. Just sayin'.
I know it's a big word, but try looking it up. I used it in an attempt to get you to understand that magic arborist healing can't happen when a tree is being repeatedly reinjured. It seems like that's either a really tough concept for you to grasp, or you support trashing public spaces and think people who disapprove are a bunch of old poops.
tl;dr: stop being a ninny, ok?
Thanks to this I have learned about a profession I had never heard of before:
In need of a good pummeling by a mob of wild trees!!!
You can lead a Whore to Culture but you can't make her think.
see above for Mrs. Parker.
The outrage! Think of the children!
(it's a stupid college student on a damn tree, relax, everyone)
Thats probably.not the only thing he bounces on ,,that tree is triple his age leave it alone..
Thanks to everyone who is advocating for this tree! It may appear strong and mighty, but this Norway Maple has been in the Public Garden for more than 75 years and must be treated with kindness to keep it in good condition for the next 75. It is one of 1,700 trees we look after as part of our tree care program that covers the Public Garden, Boston Common, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
Beautiful tree. Invasive species, too. Hopefully it will survive the public, but I hope that its progeny are also being contained.
If you know something that the Friends of the Public Garden and professional arborists don't, then please consider contacting them. Not being snarky here.
I'm guessing the Chinese version as this is also a kind of an arboretum and it does have a metal tag on it.
Do you think that any tree in the Public Garden is allowed to simply propagate saplings? It's a highly planned space, so of course not.
New trees and propagation of older trees, anyway:
The problem is that Norway Maples don't spread by cuttings - they spread extremely well by dropping wind-borne seeds all over the frigging place, and those seeds can travel a considerable distance. Anyone who has them knows what a pain in the arse the seedlings are to find and eradicate.
I sincerely hope that the Public Garden is aware of the problem and cleans up after these trees when they drop their seeds.
Good to know Massholes are finally locking it.
There is one emerging school of thought that suggests invasives are a part of evolving eco fabric.
It may be some kind of conspiracy to proliferate knotweed or apologia for starlings.
I notice in my explorations that invasives commonly correlate with disturbed soil. I'll find them on the edge of some place like Ashland Town Forest but natives prevail where disturbances taper away.
So the people who mucked the place up have to contend with them in suburbia and urban situations but there is a point where their presence fades.
After all, we are the ultimate invasives and this self loathing is unhealthy.
to remove the Norway Maples in my yard?
although they're not bad for shade but the winter moth larvae eat em up in May
This one sums up the shifting consensus regarding invasive species.
Again. If you know something the caretakers of the parks do not, then please contact them. 'Sincerely hoping' and then posting comments directed at universalhub readers isn't going to actually help the situation.
I'm absolutely certain that a bunch of professional arborists never heard of this issue. Come on, Swirl, really? If you knew and I knew (and I did before you mentioned it), do you seriously have any doubts that they're aware of it? As for how the trees propagate, most maples propagate through seed, and any homeowner knows that when you see maple leaves coming up out of their lawn, they don't scratch their head and say, "Gee, wonder what that is?" They pull it up. Please tell me you're not seriously concerned that the managers of the public garden are somehow going to stare at a seedling, not know what it is, and let it grow up into a great big giant invasive Norway maple.
A special shout out to FOPG and all the other FOPG people who advocate for this wonderful park.
I'll remind our gentle readers that the Public Garden, and more utilitarian Boston Common face much greater dangers from Boston 2024. Keep up the fight.
When I was studying Plant and Soil Sciences at U Mass Amherst in the 1980s - we learned the term PPD or People Pressure Disease of trees. This was brought about by soil compaction, ice melting chemicals, and all the other things that humans do that have impact on urban trees - including climbing on them.
Low branches like that are naturally tempting for people to sit on in groups. It would be nice to have a little sign posted asking people to not put a lot of weight on them to make the tree last longer.
...I think there is a sign.
..like the 7th grade class of the famed Windsor school who sat on the favorite cork tree at the Arbo and snapped it off (20 years ago?)...and yes, as a matter of fact, i do hold grudges for something like that
get off of me!
So you have maybe 180 pound guy jumping up and down on a tree limb of what is perhaps 75-100 year old tree. Moron.
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