What’s Killing Village Green Trees?

Large oak tree in the Green is dead and has a large fallen branch.Something appears to be creating stress for the trees on the northern portion of the Huntington Village Green at the intersection of Park Avenue and Route 25A.

A large oak in the center of the Green is already dead and has dropped a sizeable branch onto the ground.  Other large limbs on the tree appear to be in danger of falling.

At the same time, a huge honey locust with a base circumference in excess of 20’ is showing signs of extreme strain.  It has shed a great deal of its foliage; has many dead branches and is mired in an area overrun with weeds. Considering its size, the tree is probably more than 100 years old.

Whatever is affecting these stately masters is blatantly indiscriminate. In addition to the oak and locust, there are several maples that are showing the same fate. Judging by the pile of dead branches assembled near the small stream that runs through the Green, the problem has been going on for a time.

And the struggle doesn’t seem to be limited to the Town parkland. Whatever is troubling the Village Green trees looks to have sickened a very large sugar maple on private property directly across Park Avenue from the Village Green. That majestic stalwart is in obvious distress, has shed much of its foliage and is in need of immediate care.

 

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  1. Who does the landscaping for the Village Green? Nobody edges that grass. That park should be manicured to perfection, with the best landscaping money can by. Think of all the traffic that passes by as they enter Huntington. It should be a showcase. The town should do all it can to build up the aesthetics of this entry point. It would add tremendous value to residents and the town. I’m sick of seeing weeds growing out of the signposts and curbing there. Clean that place up, Frank!

  2. Thank you for calling attention to the tree situation on the “Village Green” or more particularly The North Meadow. The approximately 3 1/2 acres was purchased by Mrs. Henry W. Cannon and Old Huntington Green, Inc. in the 1930’s and conveyed to the Town for park purposes. An additional area was acquired later and conveyed to the Town. In this area stands the Millstone Fountain and the John c. Ingersoll Memorial Bench. One of the founding purposes of Old Huntington Green has been to acquire additional properties around the green so as to expand it with a view to joining the Green with Hecksher Park. Old Huntington Green has been vigilant in protecting the Green over the years and has been encouraging the Town to pay more attention to its maintenance. Paul E. Warburgh, Jr., President, Old Huntington Green, Inc.

    • Yes, the area is frequently wet after rain, etc. what not plant trees tolerant of wet conditions such as ( using common names): serviceberry, river birch, paper birch, swamp white oak, pin oak. All recommended by the CCE of suffolk county.

  3. Can’t make any money there, unless we fill that blighted void, with some brandy new affordable housing. Town Halls new motto – Build it to the moon.