By Daxton Rheade
The community came out on Sunday 5 August at 102 Springhurst Ave. for the “Two Maples of Old Ottawa East” tree walk. Over forty people showed up from Old Ottawa East as well as farther afield in Ottawa, to learn about these trees, their history and the current threat they are under. Those gathered heard from naturalist Owen Clarkin about sugar maples, their lifespan, hardiness, and talked about how the trees could survive the construction. Owen also remarked that he thought the larger of the two trees could be up to 150 years old!
Later in the afternoon, Owen Clarkin led some down Springhurst to the Rideau River to further discuss the urban canopy and look at the native and non-native trees in Springhurst Park and the adverse conditions that they have to deal with. Others stayed at 102 Springhurst to discuss the magnificent maples. They wrote messages and tied them near the trees. Some were messages about why these trees should stay, others were directed at the trees. Messages like: “Please save these trees! They are irreplaceably beautiful.” and simply “Save our canopy”.
Thanks to CAFES (Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability) Ottawa for organizing this event!
For background read the CBC story