LIFE

Neighbors See Beloved Trees Chopped Down On Street, Then Make Signs For Mayor To Save The Rest

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

One of the best things about living in the suburbs is the abundance of trees.

Many of the roads in the suburban town I grew up in are lined with beautiful trees, which is one of my favorite things about the neighborhood.

Residents in Mineola, New York, (which is not far from my previously mentioned hometown) apparently agree.

When neighbors came home from work one day, they found that three of the trees that lined their street had been chopped down to stumps. They were immediately confused and angry.

They found out that town officials had ordered the trees be chopped down for road work. Many of the neighbors believed this was unnecessary, though, so they took action.

According to News 12 Long Island, residents of the street remember actually planting those trees themselves.

Neighbors lined up on the street with signs appealing to the mayor, telling him he’s “barking up the wrong tree.” Some residents even parked their cars in front of the trees to prevent workers from cutting them down.

The Mineola mayor’s office says the trees must come down for safety reasons — but they mean so much more to many local residents. Although the trees may have to go, it’s heartwarming to see neighbors coming together for a joint cause. Their actions remind me of The Lorax, which is a favorite for many children.

Check out the video below to hear why these trees are so important to these neighbors, and please SHARE this story on Facebook!

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