CDN / NDG re­ceives new trees af­ter mi­croburst storm

Montreal Times - - News -

The Mayor of the Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Bor­ough, Mrs. Sue Mont­gomery, pro­ceeded this morn­ing with the plant­ing of the first tree of the new ar­bore­tum of Notre-Damede-Grâce Park, an oak bi­color (Quer­cus bi­color 'Amer­i­can dream'). The ar­bore­tum is de­signed to up­grade the dev­as­tated park in Au­gust 2017.

On Au­gust 22, 2017, within min­utes, a mi­croburst hit the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce area. In­ci­den­tally, she struck down a large part of the south­ern portion of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Park. More than 45 trees, mainly maple trees, were cut down fol­low­ing this storm.

As the land­scape has changed con­sid­er­ably since then, tree plant­ing has be­come a pri­or­ity. Al­ready at that time, work was planned to con­tinue the re­de­vel­op­ment of the trails sur­round­ing Place de-Vimy. This dis­as­ter then be­came an op­por­tu­nity to use the rav­aged space to cre­ate an ar­bore­tum.

"It's also to echo Vimy Place and the his­tory that sur­rounds it that three Vimy oaks will be planted around the three main trails. These Vimy oaks come from oak acorns taken from the bat­tle­field at Vimy in 1917 and re­ported by a sol­dier on his farm in On­tario, "said Mayor Mont­gomery.

"In a few days, 81 new trees will have been planted to re­store life and beauty to this park cher­ished by so many cit­i­zens. This ar­bore­tum is cre­ated to cel­e­brate the neigh­bor­hood's ar­bo­real her­itage, "con­cluded Sue Mont­gomery.

CDN / NDG Mayor Sue Mont­gomer plant­ing a oak bi­color tree

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