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Norwich school to cut down 160-year-old tree

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NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

A 160-year-old European Weeping Beech tree on the campus of Norwich Free Academy was cut down Wednesday afternoon because school officials felt that it became "a safety hazard."

The decision to take down the tree was made at a board of trustees meeting last week. The school's Chief Financial Officer Rich Rand said the decision was made after a 1,000 pound limb fell to the ground last week. 

Students were upset with the tree, which was planted in 1850, being removed from campus.

"It's really difficult because the tree has been here for so long and it's really valuable to everyone at NFA," said student Karissa Flanders. A European Weeping Beech tree usually has a life span of 125 years.

The school has kept a 6-foot section of the tree's trunk, which is engraved by students from past generations.   

Officials at NFA are expected to plant a new tree this fall. The wood from the old tree will be used to create some type of mementos.

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