One of the fabulous Oregon Maple (Acer macrophyllum) trees of Library Square Trinity College Dublin. This was subject of a post in 2010:
and the picture was subsequently used in an article by the Dublin Institute of Technology on the value of trees in the city; as well as on the front cover of the brochure for Environ 2014 – a conference on Environmental Challenges and Solutions held in Trinity in partnership with the ESAI.
Anyway that is all a bit beside the point which is that these were magical trees, tall with a wide spread. The picture is nothing compared to being near them. They were grand, had knurled, ancient, knobbly trunks and the sheer dominance of the trees, especially in Summer when the large leaves were in full glow, was inspiring. And their value to the city was great from their visual appeal and stress reduction capabilities to their Ozone and CO2 reducing abilities and Oxygen provision. It has also been shown that they reduce exhaust fumes particulates.
However this is the current view of Library Square from the Trinity Rubrics.
Only a couple of years ago we toasted our College education, decades before, in a marquee underneath the shade of these fabulous specimens. Trinity ball annually has a marquee there. The trees were checked recently for health and risk assessment. But soon after a very large branch of one crashed to the ground. Happily there were no human casualties but a reassessment found that the trees were rotting inside and they were taken down for safety.
Of course there are many more fine trees in Trinity but these were special. Firstly they were magnificent, secondly they were very old – reckoned to have watched over Trinity students for about 175 years. What history and people and events must have happened here, within bough shot!
I will miss them. Thousands will. But so many more will never know what they missed. Let’s hope that they are replaced with trees of substance and character.