Texas Town Rallies To Save Beautiful 100-Year-Old Tree
The Ghirardi Compton Oak tree has been growing in League City, Texas for more than 100 years, longer than anyone in the town could remember. Then, a new road project threatened the massive, stately oak. Would the town cut down this landmark of their community?
It would not! Lawmakers in League City voted to save the tree from destruction, no matter the cost. And then began the long process of planning and executing the move: the oak tree is 56 feet tall and weighs more than 518,000 pounds, and the town needed to move it about 1,500 feet to a new home in friendly soil.
The first step by the town was to dig a huge trench around the base of the Ghirardi Compton Oak. Movers needed to leave enough space to accommodate the massive tree's root system, so the digging covered quite a large area. Next, they built a wooden box around the roots and dirt at the base of the tree, which would stabilize the tree as it moved.
Two cranes hoisted and moved the oak tree to its new home, where the process was reversed to re-establish the Ghirardi Compton Oak.
Four months later, after close monitoring of the tree's health, residents of League City report that it was showing signs of thriving: "healthy and green with many acorns." An amazing accomplishment!