Heritage Toronto is working on a plaque to celebrate the history of a red oak that is one of the oldest known trees in Toronto. It is located close to the historic Carrying Place Trail on the Humber River. The tree was recently in the news as the homeowner is threatening to have it removed. A crowdfunding campaign is aiming to save the tree: ‘Toronto’s 350 YR Old Red Oak Tree‘.
The preservation of landmark trees often conflicts with both the modern pandemic of avid individual home-and-garden upgrading and the accelerating subdivision encroachment into historic farms and landscapes. Let’s encourage our heritage societies to develop criteria and get municipal approval for a heritage tree policy that addresses threats like the above, whether they occur on public or on private property.