We have planted several Trees of Peace at Onondaga Lake since 2003 http://www.jubileeinitiative.org/sacredtreeofpeace.html . The third one we planted had a bad infestation of aphids last summer. Fortunately some lady bugs came to the rescue—but the damage was severe. I covered the tree with burlap over the winter and put an oil spray on it to prevent the aphid eggs from hatching. The tree looks gangly and weak, but 15-20 branches have sprouted new shoots at the tips indicating that there is life and hope; that said, the tree needs love.
To help reinvigorate the tree I will be holding several group meditations, prayer ceremonies around the tree over the summer. They will be announced on short notice because I want to make sure that the weather will be nice for the gathering. So I will be emailing out notices with only a few days lead.
I hope that you will be able to attend one of the group meditations at the tree. Onondaga Lake is a very sacred place that humankind has despoiled, and the Willow Bay area where the tree is planted is one of the few places that have a decent vibe.
I encourage others to similarly hold events around the tree.
Please keep the tree in your prayers.