New life for re­moved Spencer Smith trees

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

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

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