Help us celebrate our heritage and Canada’s 150th by nominating a Heritage Tree! Forests Ontario is excited to announce that we will be working throughout the year to help communities find their Heritage Trees and will highlight some of the best stories from across the province. Nominate a tree!
What is a Heritage Tree?
Heritage Trees collect and tells the stories of Ontario’s diverse and unique trees and brings awareness to the social, cultural, historical and ecological value of trees. For your tree to qualify, Heritage Trees have to be associated with a historic person or event, or may be growing on land that is historically significant. Candidate Heritage Trees are also assessed for form, shape, beauty, age, colour, size, rarity, genetic constitution or other distinctive features and/or as a prominent community landmark, however its historical or cultural significance is of most importance. The program, launched in 2009 in partnership with the Ontario Urban Forest Council.
All trees are assessed by Evaluators to confirm they qualify for Heritage Tree status. Recognition is based on a trees historical, cultural or social significance as well as consideration given for distinctness in size, form, age and rarity. If you are interested in becoming an evaluator, click here for more information.
How do I nominate a tree?
Anyone can nominate a tree for the Heritage Tree Program – whether it is on their own property, their friends or family member’s property or in a public space. You will need to register as a nominator before beginning the nomination process.
- Second round of nominations are due September 22, 2017
Heritage Tree Resources
- 7 Easy steps to nominate a tree!
- Landowner Consent Form
- How to research cultural heritage
- Contact a local organization to assist with historical research
- Protecting and Commemorating Heritage Trees
What happens after I submit my nomination?
- Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified if the application is incomplete.
- An evaluator will arrange a time with the landowner to inspect the tree. This can take several weeks to set up.
- Evaluator forms are reviewed by Forests Ontario and nominators and landowners are notified of the results.
- Landowners will receive a plaque to be mounted on the tree and a certificate recognizing the tree as a Heritage Tree.
- Your Heritage Tree will be added to our website, and will also be featured on the Tree Bee (treebee.ca) website where your local community can learn more about your story.
- Evaluators will be provided with a one-year membership with Forests Ontario.
- Forests Ontario will stay in touch with updates on the program and other opportunities as they arise!
- Recognition by the Forests Ontario Heritage Tree Program is a celebration of your tree. For options that can protect your tree in perpetuity please see: A Synopsis on Protecting and Commemorating Heritage Trees