Last year we went away for 3 days in early July and returned to find that a recently planted tree had been stolen from our property in Ger, Basse Normandie.
The tree was a tall slim fastigiate copper beech, Fagus Silvaticus Dawyck Purple, about 5 feet tall. I was very upset by this theft as I had cared for this tree for several years and planted it in it's final position (or so I thought !) only about 2 months previously.
The tree had simply been pulled up – obviously very easy as it was newly planted and the ground is soft. The strange thing was that nothing else had been taken – other trees and plants in pots as well as tools etc. which were easily accessible – we therefore came to the conclusion that somebody had simply coveted this tree, which was visible from the road.
As I was so upset at the loss of this tree Paul, my partner, ordered a replacement from the nursery in England where we had bought the original. We picked the new tree up at the Courson garden show in October and planted it immediately.
This second tree was even better than the first, was now 6 foot tall and doing really well – that is until last Monday.
On Tuesday we were devastated to find that this tree, like its predecessor, had been pulled up and stolen. The thief had also taken a second tree a fastigiate oak, quercus robur koster, about 4 feet tall. This was a beautiful tree, a tall, very slim oak tree with light green leaves, and was standing with 3 other oaks of various varieties in pots waiting to be planted. Ironically, I had decided to use this as a replacement for the stolen fagus.
It is strange that the thief is so selective, just seemingly choosing the trees he wants and leaving other, equally valuable trees.
What is really worrying is that we had assumed that the thief saw the original tree from the road and simply came onto the property to take it – the oak was not visible from the road and was in a secluded area of the property, which means that the thief has been all over the property, so nothing is safe – a very unpleasant feeling.
As on the previous occasion, nothing else had been taken, although there were other items easily accessible, including other trees and plants in pots. I can only guess that it was the same thief on each occasion.
I am posting this in the faint hope that somebody might know of someone who has acquired one of these trees or has been offered one.
The picture shows the beech tree taken just a couple of days before it was stolen