On the evening of 21st March, 2017, one of the oldest and tallest trees at Rivendell was struck by lightning – much to the fright of the staff and students who were still on the grounds.
This tree, on the waterfront, was one of a pair of Marker Trees which grew on either side of the Watergate Wharf. The purpose of Marker Trees was to indicate the entry to an estate or facility and were in common use in the early days of the colony.
We are all saddened by the damage done to the beautiful tree, which was well over 100 years old and estimated to be about ten stories high. Debris was scattered along the front lawn and across the driveway. Unfortunately, due to the damage caused by the lightning the tree needed to be removed – another piece of our history gone.