On March 31, 2020 an iconic 80-foot tall American White Ash Tree (Fraxinus americana) that had stood for an estimated 200-250 years at the Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover, Massachusetts, had to be cut down out of safety concerns. The tree was a beloved fixture of The Stevens-Coolidge Place landscape and will be missed by countless generations of people who have spent time climbing its branches, relaxing under its massive canopy of shade, posing for holiday, engagement, and wedding photos.

Forty years ago, in preparation for the eventual loss of the Ash, stewards of The Trustees of Reservations planted a European Beech to serve as a new fixture of the estate.