One of the duties that I have just been assigned is keeping the new growth in check on all the different beech trees in the museum’s collection. As spring time is officially upon us, new growth is pushing forward like crazy. After a weekend away, It is not uncommon to find 3, 4, or even 5 new leaves have emerged and are growing rapidly. It is a welcome sign, as it shows us that our tree’s are happy, healthy and vigorous. Although our goal is to have refined, tightly compacted tree’s, so we must keep this new growth “in check” by removing it and leaving behind just enough (often times 1 or 2 new leaves) to maintain the tree’s specific foliage pad or silhouette.