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Trees Ontario and Ajax Council host recognition ceremony for Red Oak overlooking Lake Ontario

Trees Ontario and Ajax Council host recognition ceremony for Red Oak overlooking Lake Ontario


Ajax, ON
, October 25, 2013 – Earlier this week Ajax Council and Trees Ontario designated a 225-year-old Red Oak as the first recognized heritage tree in Ajax, Ont.

The Red Oak overlooking Lake Ontario is approximately 225 years old. Land records confirm that the tree resides in an area that was part of a 5,000-acre land parcel originally given to Major John Smith in 1792. The British Major was awarded this land in return for his loyal service in His Majesty’s Armed Forces during the American Revolution.

“I want to thank Bill Main of Ajax who was the person who nominated this beautiful Oak overlooking Lake Ontario as part of the Heritage Tree program,” said Rob Keen, CEO of Trees Ontario. “I also want to commend Ajax Council for showing its support for Ontario’s heritage trees. This recognition has bestowed a legacy upon this tree that will live on and ensure it continues to play an important role in Ajax as well as in Ontario’s history.”

The tree’s growth has been aligned with all known local historical events, including the incorporation of the Town of Ajax in 1955. The town was once the site of the largest munitions plant in the British Empire during World War II. The tree is part of the town’s storied history and is fittingly situated directly west of Veterans’ Point Gardens, a special monument dedicated to the Town’s history and heritage.

Trees Ontario’s Heritage Tree Program, which was launched in 2009 in partnership with the Ontario Urban Forest Council, identifies and records the location of heritage trees across the province. Anyone can nominate a tree by simply calling Trees Ontario or visiting the website.