The Middlebury Landscape

December 11, 2015

New Vandalism

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 8:42 am  Tagged , ,

Middlebury is ending the semester awash not only with hard discussions on stress and appropriation, but with a new surge of tree vandalism. Four trees have been vandalized in the last four days. Three this past weekend, 1 pulled up out of the ground by Battell, one by HMKL pulled up and dragged to the […]

April 5, 2013

Vandalism Reward

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:08 am  Tagged ,

Two  nights, three trees trashed. Once again, all around the Atwater dorms. More and more, I’m convinced that it is either one student, or a small group. As spring creeps along, the damage is getting worse. Based on the pattern of damage, I’m pretty sure the students(s) are in the senior class, and I worry […]

March 21, 2013

My Latest Heartbreak

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 2:25 pm  Tagged , , ,

No, not the song by the 22-20’s. The plant vandalism on campus continues. We’re on year four, and I’ve been trying to document all the cases. The tally stands at 62 incidents in the last four years, 10 in 2009-2010, 25 in 2010-2011, 9 in 2011-2012, and 18 so far this school year. Will Henriques […]

October 20, 2011

New Year, More Damage

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 7:05 am  Tagged ,

I was asked (and jumped at the chance) to join Community Council this year, and was in a meeting last Monday when I was asked if there was any vandalism this year to the landscape. I happily reported we haven’t seen anything this year. I’d spoken too quickly, as the guys in the landscape department […]

January 11, 2011

The Return of the Vandal(s)

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 8:29 am  Tagged ,

We are not alone, for better or for worse. The Burlington Free Press on Sunday wrote an excellent article entitled “Taking it out on Trees: Vandals go out on a Limb“. In it, Joel Baird writes of the problems with vandals in Burlington, and a student in my old dorm at UVM who spoke up. […]

November 17, 2010


Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 8:06 pm  Tagged , ,

7-18-6. Not a fertilizer label, but an accounting of the fall semester at Middlebury. Seven-the  number of weekends in a row we’ve seen vandalism against trees. 18-the total number of trees affected. And 6-trees killed outright. We come into work Monday morning, and, in addition to picking up the inevitable and ubiquitous litter and detritus […]

October 15, 2010

New School Year, New Vandalism

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 12:04 pm  Tagged

Personally, I was hoping we were done with this. I’m as tired of writing of it as you are of reading. Since the school year started, our landscape department has seen an additional 4 incidents of tree vandalism. One, a newly planted tree was broken in what appeared to be a climbing attempt (no, we’re […]

May 9, 2010

More Vandalism

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 2:35 pm  Tagged , ,

I read with interest the recent article in the Middlebury Campus on the increase in vandalism this year, as I completely agree. We’ve recently lost another tree to senseless idiocy, this one a rare Silverbell. We’d only planted this tree about a year and a half ago, and it was ripped up out of the […]

April 7, 2010

Plant Vandalism

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 6:42 pm  Tagged , ,

The final straw came late last week, at about 3:15 in the morning. Nancy my (wonderfullypatientforputtingupwithme) wife, is a night cook at the Grille. While she was crawling into bed after work, she must have thought I was awake, so she said, “Tonight I saw a student carrying a tree into the Grille.”

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