250-year-old trees damaged in storm replaced in SharonPosted: Updated:
After Hurricane Sandy destroyed a pair of 250-year-old white oak trees, the Sharon Land Trust installed two 28-foot white oaks in the Twin Oak Field along Route 41 Thursday.
"People were so upset, so upset," said Rebekah Gerard, of Sharon Land Trust. "It's just been such an icon for the whole community."
Officials with the trust conducted a survey to get a replacement after a storm severely damaged the trees in October.
According to the poll, 64 percent voted for a pair of white oaks, which could last for about 100 years.
The trees, which are being dubbed "Twin Oaks of the future," were planted the day before Arbor Day.
"Our hope is that these will be the twin oaks of the future for future generations can come and enjoy well beyond our lifetime," Gerard said.
After the trees were taken down by the storm, the land trust was left with a large wood pile.
"We're going to age it and dry it," Gerard said "And artisans from the local area are going to make objects everything from tables and benches and little gavels."
Frank Grusauskas said he was "honored to work with an old tree."
"I do a lot, all kinds of carvings," said Grusauskas, who makes pots, bowls and freehand furniture.
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