Historic Charleston tree to be removed due to public safety concerns

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Crews will be removing a historic tree in Charleston due to public safety concerns, according to city officials.

Officials say the city’s parks department saw a split in the trunk of a historic Red Oak tree near the corner of Rutledge Avenue and Moultrie Street.

A press release stated that due to the size of the tree and the severity of the split, it was determined to be a life safety issue, and the tree will be removed beginning Friday.

“The removal of a historic tree is not something we take lightly,” city of Charleston Parks Department director Jason Kronsberg said. “Unfortunately, this particular tree has reached its maximum life span and constitutes a threat to public safety.”

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