A large crew from Sussex Tree Inc. rolled up to the home of Harry and Patricia Still about 7:45 a.m., Nov. 18. A large crane, remote-controlled stump grinder and other equipment were unloaded, and the Stills’ large evergreen fronting Oak Orchard Road was quickly removed, dropped onto a flatbed and hauled off to Zwaanendael Park to become Lewes’ official Christmas tree for the 2021 holiday season.
The Stills contacted the City of Lewes after seeing an advertisement in the Cape Gazette. The tree had grown too tall and was getting close to power lines, Harry said.
Janet Reeves, the city’s parks and marina administrator, was on site to view the tree being cut down. Although the Stills’ tree was the first she evaluated, she considered a few other trees before making a final decision.
The crew from Sussex Tree, which donated its time and services, immediately took the tree to Lewes, where it received a police escort to Zwaanendael Park. The city’s maintenance department then used a bucket truck from the Lewes Board of Public Works to decorate the tree.
The official tree-lighting ceremony will be held immediately after the annual Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 4.