A man from Redondo Beach, California was forced to remove a 30-year-old pepper tree from the front of his home after the roots began to damage the city pavement towards the front of his property. When the city became aware, they forced the removal, killing the tree, and required him to pay for the work and sidewalk repairs.
He decided the best way to get back at the city was to plant more trees in secret. He planted 82 Giant Sequoias and 45 California Redwoods in numerous city parks, state properties, and yards throughout the Redondo Beach area, and didn’t tell anyone about his work until over two and a half years later.
He went on to assert that the trees were likely now noticeable, including a Giant Sequoia he planted in the mayor’s backyard. He continues by informing the mayor that the growth of the tree in his yard “will begin accelerating rapidly in the coming months.”
Here is the full text of the original comment that posted to reddit:
Hi, I’m an arborist. This means I am a professional in the cultivation, management, and study of trees. I love trees. I think they’re some of the most beautiful, majestic, ancient living beings on our planet.
Today I am here to tell you a story of death, new life, and revenge. Three years ago today, the city council of Redondo Beach California ordered the death of my 30 year old pepper tree. It’s roots had begun to penetrate the pavement in front of my house. The city noticed and issued the death warrant of my tree. They furthermore made me pay for the damages to the sidewalk and for the tree removal.
I loved Clyde. I’m beginning to get older, and planting something that I knew would live well beyond my lifetime was something very special. I took very good care of him. I drained his soil, I gave him a crutch to lean on when he was a young lad, and I watched him grow. Just as Clyde was becoming a strong healthy individual, expanding his root system, developing a canopy, and making his own way in life, the mayor took it upon himself to uproot my beautiful child.
Mayor Steve Aspel. You killed my child.
For this, you will pay. Two years and seven months ago, I secretly planted 45 California Redwoods and 82 Giant Sequoias in various parks, yards, and state properties around your city.
Today, each of their root systems will be at least 30 feet in diameter, and deeply embedded in the soil. You may have noticed the trees growing in front of city council, or that new one that sprouted up in your backyard. That’s a Giant Sequoia, and its growth will begin accelerating rapidly in the coming months.
You killed Clyde, but I have replaced him with over 100 living giants. And giant they will become. In a few years, they’ll begin breaking heights of 100-300 feet and live well beyond 2,500 years. That’s way longer ago than Jesus was born. To remove even one of them at this point will cost well over $1500… And I’m stiffing you with the bill, just like you did to me 3 years ago today.
Good day to you, sir. May your city be overrun by trees. And may Clyde rest in peace.
“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” – John Muir
For killing Clyde, over 100 potential giants were planted, each with the capacity of growing between 100 and 300 feet tall and living well over 2,500 years. The man also informed readers that the removal of any of the trees is likely to cost more than $1,500 each, a bill that the city or the mayor himself would have to pay.
The man closed his letter with simply, saying, “Good day to you, sir. May your city be overrun by trees. And may Clyde rest in peace.”
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