Over 100 years old. 518,000 pounds. A circumference of 135 inches. 56 feet in height. Moving the Ghirardi Compton Oak, also known as the League City Oak, seemed like an impossible idea. But for the people of League City, losing their beloved tree was the real impossibility.
League City’s decision to widen a county road meant the old tree, squarely in the way of the construction path, would have to be removed. But the City Council failed to consider how much the local residents were willing to fight to preserve their tree. It took months of letter writing, a Facebook page, rallies and local news coverage, but finally, the city council voted to move the tree to a nearby park.
It took one month to complete the massive relocation project. A video documents the prodigious efforts required to move a huge tree in a way that ensures it’s safety. A giant tree undergoes tremendous stress when it is moved, so there is no guarantee that the tree will ultimately endure. What does endure is the need for us to preserve our natural world. We can thank the people of League City for making this point in such a meaningful way.