This beautiful old tree is just down the road from us and apparently someone had the stupid idea to cut down this magnificent tree so that they can build yet another highway here in Italy. She's known here as Grandma Oak and is believed to be 200 -300 years old. Her span is enormous and height as well. The first time I saw her was summer time and I was in awe of her. I've seen old trees but around these parts, not too many really old, big trees remain.
Apparently she was important enough for national news. We heard from family Castelvetro Piacentino was on the news the other night as people were protesting her being cut down. Children from the local school gathered around her to plead for her to be saved.
I think in a time like this, where we are slowly becoming more aware of how we need to be more respectful of our earth, she'd have more power. I hope enough voices are heard over dollars in this case. I'd at least like to see her last into spring... one more time to see her full of leaves, lending shade to whomever would take shelter under her strong bows.
Want to help? Check this link for more info: http://www.wiserearth.org/group/savegrandmaoak