Trees in the Beach need our help to thrive and survive

June 24, 2013 in Latest Community News Blog

Courtesy of Beach Metro News
By Martina Rowley of Friends of Woodbine Park  • June 24, 2013 • Print This Article

“If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?” My friend was, of course, being facetious. Whenever I see a well-aged, previously majestic and indestructible-looking giant broken and defeated, I find it a sad sight indeed.

Fallen trees leave gaps in our daily lives in many ways. Gone is the curb appeal of a beautiful residential tree, gone the cool shade it provides on hot summer days, and gone is the nesting and resting place for many bird and animal species.

On the May 4-5 weekend, citywide Jane’s Walks took place including a Ward 32 tree walk with the knowledgeable and experienced arborist Todd Irvine. Around 50 tree-lovers came to hear about tree preservation and protection.

The backyard of Art Hall’s home, backing onto Glen Stewart Ravine, was our first major stop. When Art had a deck built, he went above and beyond to protect three mature red oak and three giant spruce trees located right beside his 1930s house. Construction was subject to the strict Ravine Protection By-law, resulting in a deck raised above the tree roots on helical piles drilled 8.5 metres down.

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People on a May 4 Jane’s Walk stop to learn about a mature ash on Pine Crescent that is infected by the Emerald Ash Borer.
PHOTO: Andrew Hudson




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