Guelph event focusing on preserving a tree from the 1850s


The Guelph Tree Trust will hold its first event at Woodlawn Memorial Park where arborists will work on an old growth black walnut tree

Woodlawn Memorial Park has over a thousand trees, but one tree centuries old is the focus of an event hosted by the Guelph Tree Trust.

The event takes place on Saturday near a black walnut tree that they wish to preserve.

Officials said the family-friendly event will start at 9:15 a.m. and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Guelph South.

Mike Schreiner, MPP of Guelph, will speak and Doug Steel of Full Circle Tree Care will guide arborists to perform pruning work on the ancient tree, which Woodlawn says could be as old as the cemetery and dates back to 1854.

“This care will extend the life of this tree and ensure it continues to sequester carbon and provide environmental services for many years to come,” said Sue Rietschin of the Guelph Tree Trust in an email.

In addition to preserving this tree, the nonprofit said there will be a 9:45 a.m. planting of seedlings and a 10:15 a.m. tree tour of the cemetery