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Yep our tour groups do too.. Those tree of heaven trees really do it for us!!
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I think I see my house from here
I hate those Tree of Heaven trees.. all of them need to be cut down from that hillside and anywhere else they appear in the city. I remember whenever we drove to Fulton from Broad, my aunt used to look at the view from Government Road and call it “the Hamlet.” The last time I drove through, that view is blocked too… This is very sad.
Whoa!! I’ve never seen it THAT bad.
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Hahaha! I just moved here and didn’t know there was a view there! I thought it was a forest!! Lol.
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Invasive species, yay!
A city that can’t keep the weeds at bay is in decline.
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Ha! Lets the plants filter the stink outta the air, please!
Ailanthus, aka Tree of Heaven aka Tree of HELL!
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Imagine how terrible it would be if they built apartments in front of the river, and spoiled this amazing view
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Christian Briggs, wrong hill.
The city admin is pathetic
Former residents of the hill (grew up here in the 70’s) stopped us at his stop a couple weeks ago and asked why the weed trees were allowed to block the view. We were embarrassed to admit we had gotten no response from Parks or DPW–despite the surge in property values and RE taxes. The visitors just shook their heads in dismay and said “that’s why we retired to Henrico: better service from local government and lower taxes.”
My friend Band Saw and I went out to Chimbo this morning and made an English style vista to restore some of the view at the Chimborazo Hospital rock. I agree with Chris Lumpkin that these are Trees of Hell, but for those that like them, I left plenty. Sorry I did not have a camera to show how it looks, but I am sure John or someone will provide one. Please wander by and check out the view – you can see Chesterfield!
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What an embarrassment. An ounce of prevention. The cobblestone pathway would be great if it was restored too. I wish the local biking community could help support clearing with the city crew. The cyclocross race is a great but the maintenance of the park has always been poor. The historic view exists even if the city fails to maintain the property. If a large building is erected, well then the view is permanently gone.
Stop trying manage the site with goats and use some glyphosphate once or twice and the problem will be solved.
The more you cut these trees, the stronger and thicker they grow. The ONLY solution to control them is chemical.
I don’t think this is where the goats eat but if it is, by curbing the leaves the plant makes more root growth. This goes for Rick’s friend band saw as well, although your efforts are appreciated!
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The sad thing is that the RVA Tree Stewards made a major effort to clear this hillside and plant a public orchard at the base (between the slope and dog park, near the goat clearing section) just a few years ago. There isn’t much left to show for all of that work.
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Jean is correct. I’m a member of the Friends of Chimborazo Park and getting rid of the ghetto palms is on our wish list. I’ve met with the RVA tree stewards about this overgrowth and chemicals combined with cutting are the only thing that work. It’s a tricky process. Cutting them down without chemicals will actually make the problem worse. There are a few people that have been doing that, and while I appreciate your efforts, please stop!! For every 1 ghetto palm that is ‘stressed’, aka cut down, an average of 5 new shoots will spring up. The only… Read more »
I fail to see how neighbors doing SOMETHING about the problem is worse than the city doing NOTHING. This is a disgrace.
Sorry to bring up a sore subject, but the same problem was happening in Libby Park until a woman was dragged into the tall weeds and raped there several years ago. Only after a huge outcry from residents of the St. John’s district, did the city begin regular mowing and weed control in Libby Park. I certainly don’t hope it takes another tragic incident before the city cleans up Chimborazo.
Bert – I agree!!