Guelph Tree Trust Inaugural Tree Care Event on Saturday April 29 2023

On Saturday April 29, 2023, Guelph Tree Trust (GTT) will provide arborist care for a magnificent old Black Walnut tree in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The public is invited to attend and watch a team of arborists pruning high in the crown of this legacy tree – a tree which may be as old as the cemetery itself at 160 years. Members of GTT will be on hand to provide information on the tree and pruning work of a team lead by GTT arborist Doug Steel, of Full Circle Tree Care. The event will include tree-related family friendly activities such as guided tree walks within the cemetery.

The Black Walnut is one of over a thousand trees in the cemetery managed by Woodlawn Memorial Park. Many of the trees are old, very large and require special expertise to prune and maintain their health. The cost of this specialised arborist care can be overwhelming for non-profit organizations such as Woodlawn Memorial Park. As Rebecca Kit, General Manager of Woodlawn Memorial Park commented “We have so many beautiful tree species. GTT is making it possible for properties like Woodlawn to maintain trees that otherwise may be left to their demise due to a lack of financial resources. The team and I are grateful to be chosen as the recipient of these much needed services.”

The Black Walnut will receive the care it needs to ensure that the city will have the benefits of its huge canopy and root system for as long as possible. Sponsorship by the Rotary Club of Guelph South and donations from individuals and other organizations (such as the Guelph Horticultural Society) have provided a foundation for this project but fundraising continues to pay for the care of this and other legacy trees in the future.

(L to R)Myra Fair, Karen Harris, Catherine Goddard, Terry Schwan, Rhea Koch, Clare Irwin, Steve Ebels

For more information and to donate or volunteer please contact [email protected]. Tree Trust Guelph accepts online donations. And if you know of mature trees in Guelph’s parks and public spaces that need help, you can nominate them here.