New life for removed Spencer Smith trees
BURLINGTON — The city wants two “iconic” weeping willows that were removed from Spencer Smith Park last year to live on as furniture, art and by planting new trees. It will offer saplings grown from cuttings and chunks of wood from the 70-year-old trees in June.
Park founder Spencer Smith planted the trees near the gazebo in the waterfront park in the 1950s. They were removed for safety reasons last June after city arborists found significant rotting and decay.
The city hopes people will share what they create on social media.
A limited number of the more than 200 saplings grown will be available at branches of the Burlington Public Library and Ireland House Museum starting June 6; and at Lions Park, 471 Pearl St., June 9, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
The wood chunks will be available for pickup in the parking lot of the Burlington Lions Club at 471 Pearl St. from June 9 at 5 p.m. until June 11 at 5 p.m.
The city is expecting to release more information soon about wood that has been prepared for furniture use and plans for a “lasting tribute” to the willow trees.
For more information, visit www.burlington.ca/willowtrees