Long Branch is a community known for its fantastic tree canopy. Those who live here know that canopy has been under attack from intensification, in particular lot-splitting. Today, our first Heritage Tree was dedicated. It’s so great to see the community celebrate the importance of our old trees around here!
The Heritage Tree, known as “Big Red”, is located at Long Branch Ave and Park Blvd, right near the Cenotaph. It’s a Red Oak and it’s approximately 200 years old.
At one time this was a popular resort area located west of what was then considered Toronto. It was once overlooked by the Long Branch Hotel, which burned down in 1958. The tree survived. It’s one of the few remaining old red oaks in our community.
Plenty of local students, along with Councillor Grimes, folks from the Neighbourhood Association, a rep from our MP’s office, and people from TD Bank, who sponsor the Heritage Tree program, and a bunch of local residents were all on hand for the dedication today.