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Vimy Oak Heritage Tree

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There is a newly planted tree in Waterdown that recently obtained a heritage designation.  While quite an unusual situation, this sapling achieved this status because of its lineage.  A few acorns were picked up by Canadian soldier Leslie Miller after the Battle of Vimy Ridge and planted in Canada.  For the centennial anniversary, grafted descendants of these oaks were sent across the country, with one being planted with honour at the Waterdown Legion.

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Photo: Barry Gray, the Hamilton Spectator

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Photo: Barry Gray, the Hamilton Spectator

Although not a native tree, as we usually promote with Trees Please, this is a beautiful example of continued conservation for the sake of heritage.  An important tree is not simply a large one – we all have different criteria for the trees that are meaningful to us.  Is there a tree in your neighbourhood that means a lot to the community?  Perhaps it is hundreds of years old, a unique species, a peculiar shape, or perhaps it’s the common meeting spot.  We are interested in hearing about the trees you believe should get some designated protection!  Email treespleasehamilton@gmail.com with your stories and/or photos.

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Author: treespleasehamilton

A project of the Hamilton Naturalists' Club and Environment Hamilton. Funding by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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