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Trees uprooted by vandals at Tricycle Gardens orchard

08/12/2011 8:44 AM by

A message from Will Snyder of Tricycle Gardens:

I went to water one of our orchards at 1410 North 32nd Street. Well, there was nothing left to water because every tree had been uprooted and piled at the back of the property. That’s 34 heirloom fruit trees–apples, pears, pomegranates and figs–ready to be firewood. While Tricycle Gardens has endured only a couple of small acts of vandalism in the past, nothing at this scale has ever happened and we’re devastated by it. Not only did this orchard cost upwards of $2,000, it also utilized almost 200 hours of volunteer time this summer to keep it maintained. So I wanted to get the word out on CHPN to help us solve the crime and to also share ideas about next steps. Should we replant on the site? Pack our bags and look for another orchard? We welcome any and all thoughts.

I don’t want to end on a down note. Our other orchard, at 1626 N 27th Street, will be the site of the Church Hill Central Civic Association’s picnic next Monday at 7pm. Stop by and check out the healthy, fruit-laden trees.


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