New parkette to protect Toronto’s Great Red Oak

On February 4, 2018, heritage tree advocates Edith George and Peter Wynnyczuk delivered their popular lecture What makes a Heritage Tree? The Case of Toronto’s Red Oak to TFN members (see page 6 of our March 2018 newsletter). At the heart of this talk was an amazing 250-year-old heritage tree located on Coral Gable Dr. out by the Humber River.

The City has since agreed to purchase the residential property on Coral Gable Dr. with the intention of converting the land in to a parkette in order to protect this great red oak. By Council’s direction, however, completion of the sale is conditional upon the Toronto Office of Partnerships successfully soliciting 50 percent of the estimated property value from private donors – a sum of $430,000, due by December 12, 2020.

TFN Members are encouraged to contribute to the protection of this magnificent part of Toronto’s natural heritage by donating today:

Protect the Red Oak now

This amazing tree is celebrated for its perfect conformation to the red oak form, vibrant and lasting health, and majestic appearance. Preserving its invaluable genetic legacy and creating new public space for the local community is within our reach, requiring only a little help from Torontonians.

The Toronto Field Naturalists wish to acknowledge this land through which we walk. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississauga of the Credit River. Today it is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be on this land.