The buzz of chainsaws filled the air in Berryville on Friday as a large tree on the front lawn of the Clarke County Courthouse was removed. The tree, which was struck by lightning during an intense storm that blazed through the county on Easter Sunday, was taken down as a safety precaution.
Crews from C. M. Payne Tree Care worked most of the day to take down the tree, estimated to be approximately 75 feet tall, and remove the stump.
“There’s not much that you can do once they’re hit by lightning” said an area arborist observing the operation. “Better to take it down on your terms rather than letting it come down later on its terms” he laughed.
The Clarke County Courthouse specimen was only one of many trees in Berryville that fell victim to the severe Easter Day winds. But although heavy rains and lightning blanketed Berryville, the storm lasted less than an hour and left many other areas of the county untouched.
The species of the Clarke County Courthouse’s fallen soldier was not discerned on Friday. Does anyone know what species of tree was removed?