Tammy's Tree Still Stands in Tremont, But Will be Coming Down Soon


Tammy Layton's tree! (6/18/2019) - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Tammy Layton's tree! (6/18/2019)
Tammy Layton planted the Bradford pear tree on her Clark Avenue treelawn 19 years ago to honor her deceased parents. 

Last month, construction crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) were cutting down trees on the south side of Clark between W. 25th and Quigley to make way for a new water main as part of a larger streetscape improvement project. Layton made the local news when she hugged her tree and threatened to tie herself to it to prevent its destruction.

"This is a perfectly healthy tree," she told Fox 8. "They can just trim it. There's no reason to cut it down."

She was assured by ODOT that a city arborist would inspect the tree to determine whether or not it could be saved. At issue, evidently, were the tree's roots. To make way for the water lines, ODOT said it would have to hack away below ground, and the damage to the roots could destabilize the tree and cause it to topple.

As of Tuesday evening, the tree was still standing.

But according to ODOT, an arborist with the City of Cleveland has inspected the tree and informed Tammy Layton that it will have to go.

ODOT's work water main work will include attacking the root system on three sides, and there's no way that the tree can be salvaged. The ODOT contractor will give Layton the wood from the tree and will plant a new one on the tree lawn once work is complete.

A stump on Clark Avenue. - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
  • Sam Allard / Scene
  • A stump on Clark Avenue.
Tammy Layton's Bradford pear tree! (6/18/2019) - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
  • Sam Allard / Scene
  • Tammy Layton's Bradford pear tree! (6/18/2019)

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