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Heritage Tree Program Recognizes Maples Memorializing Fallen Soldiers

Posted: September 27, 2016

LEAF's Janet Mackay (left) and Forests Ontario's Stephanie Prince (right) present Heritage Tree plaque to Bonita Nelson.

LEAF’s Brenna Anstett (left) and Forests Ontario’s Stephanie Prince (right) present Heritage Tree plaque to Bonita Nelson.


Forests Ontario’s Heritage Tree Program invites individuals and groups to nominate trees for recognition based on their social or cultural significance. Trees can be nominated for their connections to significant figures or events from the past or for their uniqueness based on age, physical features, or species.

Forests Ontario works with nominators to tell the stories of these trees. These stories highlight aspects of our history that may have been unknown and illustrate the ways in which trees are part of the social and cultural fabric of our communities.

A group of six maples on the property of Lambton Park Community School were recognized this past Saturday as our most recent Heritage Trees. The maples were planted on Remembrance Day 1919 by the mothers of six fallen soldiers and have since stood as community landmarks for nearly a century.

The trees were nominated for recognition as part of LEAF’s Great Toronto Tree Hunt by Bonita Nelson, who happens to be the niece of Reginald Gage and Sydney Moyle, two of the soldiers memorialized by the planting.

If you’d like to learn more about the program and nominating trees for recognition, please visit our Heritage Tree page.