TORONTO, ON - On Monday April 30th, in historic Long Branch, a magnificent Red Oak will be recognized by Forests Ontario as a Heritage Tree. The TD Heritage Tree Program tells the story of Ontario’s diverse and unique trees and brings awareness to the social, cultural, historical and ecological value of trees.
City of Toronto Councillor, Mark Grimes of Ward 6 will be present at the Heritage Tree, which is on the South East corner of Long Branch Ave and Park Blvd, (https://goo.gl/maps/K5A6mzsRPDR2 ) on Monday April 30th at 1:30 PM to commemorate this event. The great Red Oak will be added to the Heritage Tree online map so that visitors can learn more about the tree and its longstanding history.
“Besides being a living 200-year legacy of history and culture of Long Branch, this stately Red Oak will continue to thrive and provide economic and environmental benefits for generations to come” says Toni Ellis, Heritage Tree Coordinator of Forests Ontario. “We need more communities like the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association, to nominate potential heritage trees so that we can celebrate and share the stories of these living testaments to our history.”
Faculty and students of James S. Bell Middle School have been invited to the unveiling ceremony. The students will be studying trees in the classroom, learning about their environmental and economic importance.
"I want to thank the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association for recognizing the importance of this tree, by documenting its history and nominating it for heritage status. I hope this is the first of many more tree celebration events to come." said Councillor Mark Grimes.