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Tree Conservancy Celebrates Bond Between Greenwich Woman & Historic Tree

Greenwich resident Chris Kadsigiannis worked to preserve a 150-year-old Copper Beech tree in her back yard while construction was being performed on her property.
Greenwich resident Chris Kadsigiannis worked to preserve a 150-year-old Copper Beech tree in her back yard while construction was being performed on her property. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy

GREENWICH, Conn. – The home on North Ridge Road in Greenwich's Havemeyer Park may have been what sheltered Chris Kadsigiannis, but it certainly was not her favorite part of the property.

Focused more on the outdoors, the nature lover fell head over heels for the 150-year-old copper beech tree that stood majestically in the backyard, according to the Greenwich Tree Conservancy.

When her home burned down in 2014, Kadsigiannis spoke to an architect about rebuilding a new house in the footprint of the old, according to the Tree Conservancy.

The architect had bad news, however, telling her that to build in the same spot would require the removal of the 150-year-old tree. Kadsigiannis refused.

Insisting the tree must stay, Kadsigiannis asked her architect to reimagine the project. When construction began, however, the danger remained, according to the Tree Conservancy.

With work crews and heavy machinery disturbing the land, there existed a true threat that the extensive root system of the tree would be compromised, according to the Tree Conservancy.

Again, Kadsigiannis arranged to protect the tree, insisting the work crew set a perimeter around the critical root zone and use “low-impact development techniques,” according to the Tree Conservancy, which said that she also hired a water company to bring gallons of water from a nearby river to keep the tree well-irrigated during recent drought conditions.

While she’s taken great pains to ensure the tree survives, she’s also taken action to make sure its heritage is passed on, according to Tree Conservancy, which said that two copper beech saplings she found on her property have been donated to Greenwich for planting in a local park.

Kadsigiannis’ tale is one of many illustrating the importance of trees, according to the Tree Conservancy.

Click here to learn more about the Greenwich Tree Conservancy and its brochure “You Can’t Unchop a Tree.”

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