The photo below shows the hole left after the county removed one of the trees that had been knocked down into the street. Three lovely maple saplings had to be removed from this block between Tuckahoe and Trinidad Streets.
Neighbors reported the trees were fine when they left in the morning and were laying across the median into the road when they returned in the afternoon. Police investigations show no evidence of a vehicle losing control and accidentally entering the median; indeed, it is possible the vehicle was driven up deliberately twice to knock over the trees with the front grill work.
Arlington County’s Parks and Natural Resources Division which cares for our street trees, report this has happened several times over the last three years along Williamsburg Boulevard. Why is someone doing this? If you know anything about this vandalism, call Arlington County Police at 703-558-2222. Destroying public street trees is against the law; driving onto a street median is dangerous as well as criminal behavior.
This is just spiteful. I remember one of Arlington County’s urban foresters telling me that this happened before. I suspect it’s the same person, but then, they were not caught, either. Let’s place a nice solid decorative stone in between the trees from now on