I was reading today that the trees used to build the truss system for the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral were exceptionally large oak trees that were estimated to be 300 to 500 years old when they were cut down and milled. Given the fact that that part of the roof was built about 700 years ago, those trees would have sprouted around the year 800 to 900. Crazy. They estimate that upwards of 25 hectors of old-growth forest were cut down just to build that roof structure.
Now its all charcoal and smoke, blowing somewhere over Russia by now.
I plant an acorn or three every so often. It's part of my gift to the future generation. I hope my great-grandkids sit under the shade of those oaks and appreciate the gift. It would have been But I'm not sure that the people of Paris want to wait until the year 2400 to harvest that wood and rebuild their roof from the trees I've been planting.
r ranson wrote:I think it's up to the individual.
Maybe not trees already planted.
But maybe if you were going to plant them anyway, change the meaning of the tree to be in memory of this event. Same tree, different meaning.
I think I might make a marker to say that the trees were planted in memory of ... so when the next stewards of this land arrive, they will know that this tree had meaning to me.
Judith Browning wrote:
I do have several potted pears, apples and hazelnuts popping up from seeds that will need planting in the ground soon....and two pecans that need moving to our son's land....would a transplant be muddying the idea?...and a pot full of fig cuttings to divide and get in the ground...I know the idea was for a long lived tree though.
James Landreth wrote:18 various kinds of walnuts