Crew downs aging poplar

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PICTOU – It’s time for a giant poplar tree on Prince Street to come down.

Jay Fulton and a colleague arrived on Wednesday morning to begin the process of surgically removing the tree, which has showed signs that it should be removed.

“We’ll take it down in pieces,” said Fulton, who has been doing this work for 18 years. “We should have it down by the weekend.”

The tree is one of a pair of poplars located at a residence along Prince Street behind the veterinary clinic at the corner of Prince and High streets.

Poplars can grow tall and these are among the taller ones in town. However, trees belonging to the poplar family, such as maple, tend to become more brittle as they age, lose large limbs or fall entirely.

Fulton also had to be careful of wires and the lack of a roadway into the trees, which meant blocking Prince Street at times to do the work.

A crew prepares to start dismantling the giant poplar tree on the right along Prince Street in Pictou. It’s expected to be cut to the ground by the end of the week. (Goodwin photo)