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Landmark tree removed

The landmark oak tree in Richmond Hill outside Royal Ace Hardware, estimated to be over 300 years old, was taken down Wednesday.

The tree was split during a heavy storm last month and arborist Jerry Holcomb reccomended it come down.

"Jerry found that there was a lot of rot in the center from an old lightning strike," property owner Gene Brogdon said. "It was out of balance since being split, and we just couldn’t risk it falling over when the winds of the northeast kick up."

Brogdon said many in Richmond Hill relate personal memories to the old oak tree, and he had the workers cut up some discs from its branches for any wishing to have a keepsake. The discs are currently laid out at the site for anyone interested.

Brogdon said Randy Ryan, owner of A&R Tree Service, is working with him in landscaping the site and it is being done in a way that pays homage to the 300-year oak. This includes keeping a couple of the massive limbs at the site.

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