Chestnut Hill Road oak tree

This oak tree on East Chestnut Hill Road is the ninth-largest in Delaware and stands 80 feet high.

An adage poses this question, “When’s the best time to plant a tree?” Answer: “20 years ago.”

All trees start small, and no tree lives forever. Aerial photos of Newark from 85 years ago show that much of the area surrounding Old Newark was farm fields and largely bare of trees. In 1937, most of the trees seen in the photos were those lining Main Street and College Avenue.

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