ClearWater Farm tree recognized as an Ontario Heritage Tree

June 2, 2017

Forests Ontario mapping landmark trees program in full swing – combines celebrating local history and protecting future generations of Ontario Trees

Georgina, ON – Forests Ontario is pleased to announce the recognition of our latest Ontario Heritage Tree, a 200-year-old sugar maple located at the Ontario Water Centre’s ClearWater Farm – on the heritage Reed Farm – in Willow Beach, Georgina.

Trees are not just beautiful landmarks and the heart of healthy ecosystems, but characters in the stories that form our history. In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, Forests Ontario and TD Bank Group invite Ontarians to help us collect and tell the stories of 150 Heritage Trees across the province.

The Ontario Water Centre is developing a collaborative relationship with the Town of Georgina to inspire the 2,000 children and their families who will be visiting ClearWater Farm every year. At the heart of ClearWater Farm, stands the Old Trading Tree, a 200-year-old sugar maple where once Chippewas and early settlers met to trade and tell stories on the south shore of Lake Simcoe. Located at the Lake Drive entrance to the farm, today the old maple is the focus of a fabulous new project – a rain garden designed and built by kids for kids. Leading this project are students from the Waabgon Gamig First Nations School, Georgina Island and Sutton Public School. Once again the Trading Tree will become a place for storytelling as well as experiential hands-on learning.

An event to celebrate the historic Trading Tree will be announced later this summer. We encourage local residents and all Ontarians to share their Heritage Tree stories with us. The final deadline for the consideration of nominated Heritage Trees is September 22nd, 2017.

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For more information, photos, or to arrange an interview please contact:

Annabel Slaight

Chair, Ontario Water Centre

905-476-5587

annabel@annabelslaight.com

ABOUT FORESTS ONTARIO

Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.

ABOUT THE HERITAGE TREE PROGRAM

Forests Ontario’s Heritage Tree Program collects and tells the stories of Ontario’s diverse and unique trees and brings awareness to the social, cultural, historical, and ecological value of trees. Trees are nominated for recognition based on distinctness in size, form, age, rarity, or their connection with historically significant events, individuals, or locations. More about the Heritage Tree Program can be read here.