To the editor:
As one travels the gentle southbound slope of Route 128 from Blackburn Circle to Grant Circle, a particularly lovely view of the Annisquam River comes into view.
In the foreground were the magnificent, mature oak trees of Grant Circle, a collection of trees that I liked to call a mini-arboretum.
Many years ago, perhaps at the time of the building of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge in 1950, someone had the knowledge and foresight to select and plant trees for future generations, trees that at maturity would be magnificent specimens, with plenty of room to expand to their full glory.
This was achieved. Handsome in all seasons, the oaks revealed their perfect symmetry in winter.
Sadly, the trees have now been disfigured by removal of many major lower limbs. It is painful to witness this destruction. We have lost a glimpse of nature’s beauty, a grace note on a busy highway.
High Street, Rockport