The Copper Beech tree in early spring.
Jim Conroy tells his story: I've been taking care of this tree since 2006.  Both the property owner and I feel very protective toward it.  My gosh!  It is so big and beautiful--who wouldn't want to make sure it stays healthy and strong?

Over the years, I feel that a sort of friendship has developed between me and "Sheila's Beech."  It has a special energy to it and I know that it welcomes my help.  I feel a sense that it somehow knows who I am; there is a sense of friendliness I feel as I put my hands on its trunk.  

When it got the bleeding canker disease a few years ago, it taught me many valuable lessons about communicating with disease organisms and ecosystems.  As I did the healing work, the bleeding spots dried up, cleared, and now can't even been found.  

In the early days, I asked it how old it was.  Just look at the girth of its trunk.  I would have expected it to "say" something like 120 years old.  But, instead--as I went through my yes/no question asking process--I was lead to the number "48."  I think this tree as a sense of humor.  I think it was telling me that it "feels" younger than it looks.  

Every time I pass by the property, I stop in to check on it and "bail" it out.  See, its perimeter roots are raised at least 10 inches.  That makes pockets where water puddles.  So, I keep a little cup there and just bail out any water that collected.  Then, I usually say "hello", give it a pat, and appreciate its beauty.

Please see our books, Tree Whispering: A Nature Lover's Guide and The Tree Whisperer's 10 Tree and Plant Insights to see a photo of me with the tree and to read more about the way I healed it.