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Stately, Historic White Pine Tree Defaced in Public Park

Where:  In Public Park aka Recreation Park, near intersection of Barker and Kenney Streets

When:  Wednesday April 6, 2016

What:  see accompanying photos taken April10, 2016


How did it happen?  Who "approved" it?  Where was the Shade Tree Commission Chairperson?  Where was the Borough Councilor Liaison to the Shade Tree Commission?  Where was the Borough Parks and Property Councilor?  Where were the Code Enforcer? Borough Police? Borough Manager?


The excessive removal of live branches shown is a violation of the Borough Shade Tree Ordinance and Arboricultural Standards.  Several other violations accompanied this action, including driving heavy equipment on the root zone of several trees, and dumping large piles of debris onto root zones of existing trees in the Park.


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Comment by tim devabey on April 18, 2016 at 7:06pm

Job specs called for removal only of dead branches.  Here are three pics of Hickory branches described as "dead" by Borough Manager and Davey Tree.  Where was the Shade Tree Commission which is the legal custodian of our public trees?

Comment by tim devabey on April 17, 2016 at 2:14pm

@Parkergirl, Kenneth Harper,

It may be more constructive for us to go beyond insinuation and actually name names of the individual guilty screw-ups....do you think? 

Comment by Parkergirl on April 16, 2016 at 5:08pm

@Ken Harper...by people, do you mean certain council members don't want to follow the rules? The very ones they put into place? The very ones, that if we did this, would be fined for? Yep, sounds like certain council members to me.

Comment by tim devabey on April 12, 2016 at 8:10pm

@WM PAT, In case you would like to employ the Company involved:


Kerns Brothers Tree Service sold to Ohio company

The News Journal 5 p.m. EDT April 24, 2015

Kerns Brothers Tree Services and Landscaping was sold this month to Davey Tree Expert Company, one of the largest residential tree care companies in the nation.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The 42-year-old Wilmington business will continue under the name Kerns Brothers, a Davey Tree Company, for the immediate future, said officials with Ohio-based Davey Tree.

"The Kerns Brothers name is well-known in the Wilmington market and we take that seriously," said Phil Snyder, Davey Tree's vice president of East Atlantic operations.

Kerns Brothers owner John Kerns will continue with the company in a consulting role during a six-month transitional period, he said. Davey Tree's David Balint will help manage the Wilmington business during the transition.

"We are excited about the direction we are heading," Kerns said in a statement that accompanied Davey Tree's announcement of the acquisition. "I want to assure our clients that we will continue to provide reliable and exceptional service."

The roughly two dozen workers employed by Kerns Brothers also will keep their jobs under the new ownership.

"This is a production-driven business and our goal is to expand the workforce," Snyder said, noting that the addition of Kerns Brothers is indicative of the Davey Tree's continued growth in the area.

The company has acquired eight companies in the last year and now has four offices in the greater Philadelphia/Wilmington area, including locations in Aston, King of Prussia and Horsham, Pennsylvania.

The 135-year-old company became employee-owned in 1979. The business employs more than 8,000 workers in more than 45 states and six Canadian provinces.

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Comment by Steve Schwichow on April 12, 2016 at 6:29pm

That doesn't look so much like tree trimming as vandalism.

Here in San Francisco, the municipal authorities must place a notice at average eye livil, (wrapped in cellophane to keep it from blowing away.

Here is the relevant information from SF, which may be of interest going forward.


Comment by Dump Trump on April 12, 2016 at 4:04pm

  Somebody involved with the Boro must know.  Either a subcontractor or maint. guy did it,  I would think it was subbed out to a tree company that has no clue how to trim a pine tree.  They should be sued.

Comment by Mary Ann on April 12, 2016 at 1:23pm

I don't know who did the chopping but it kinda looks like gypsy moth nests in the close up photo.

Comment by Linda Shockley on April 12, 2016 at 12:35pm

Not only did they destroy the looks of the tree, I suspect they haven't finished yet, & plan to come back & finish taking the tree down altogether. Good catch, Tim.

Comment by Kenneth Harper on April 12, 2016 at 10:54am

Tim, thanks for taking the time to bring this to the attention of our residents. Takes quite a few years for a tree to grow this tall. Some people don't want to follow the rules in Ridley Park.

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