Laurelhurst Community Club
Serving 2800 Households in
Tom Hinckley, Director
Center for Urban Horticulture
University of Washington, Box 354115
Seattle, Washington 98195-4115
Re: Proposed Removal of Cornelian Cherry Trees
Thank you for attending the March meeting of the Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) Board of Trustees meeting to discuss the status of the reconstruction project at CUH. Your presentation was informative and much appreciated by the Trustees. The LCC also appreciates CUH’s efforts to keep the neighbors apprised of its plans, and to solicit input from the neighborhood on issues of common concern.
During your presentation, you mentioned that CUH was evaluating the removal of several of the Cornelian Cherry trees on Mary Gates Jr. Memorial Boulevard, and invited members of the LCC and neighborhood to share their opinions on the issue.
Since that time, we have received nearly unanimous feedback: First, the neighbors appreciate the early notice and opportunity to participate in the decision making. Second, neighbors and Trustees alike expressed a strong preference toward retaining as many trees and other greenery as possible. Retaining the trees is consistent with CUH’s mission and also serves as a critical noise and traffic buffer for adjacent neighbors. Finally, the trees are beautiful and attract birds and butterflies, which benefit both CUH and the neighbors equally. Accordingly, we were pleased to receive your email of May 1st suggesting that you too are in favor of retaining the Cornelian Cherries! We urge you to do all you can to preserve this beautiful stand of trees.
We look forward to hearing more about the construction plans at CUH and how LCC may support those plans.
Jeannie Hale, President Bonnie Zinn, LCC Trustee
206-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631 206-523-1843