Farewell to the Sugar Maple
After more than a century on the grounds of the former Elora Public School, now home to the Elora Centre for the Arts, we are sad to announce that the last historic Sugar Maple is coming down.
This tree was one of a number that ringed the former schoolyard; they were planted by David Boyle, a renowned and progressive teacher who served as the school’s principal between 1871 and 1881.
Like so many of the old Sugar Maples that grace our community, the tree is in decline. In 2019, Tree Trust spearheaded work in the canopy to help preserve it. It is due for more work, but the Arts Centre’s exciting expansion plans will impact the tree by compacting its roots- which will eventually prove fatal. Thus, the difficult decision has been made to bring the tree down in March.
We invite you to leave a note or picture to thank this tree for its role contributing to our urban canopy, sheltering students and wildlife, storing carbon and … well, being part of the community for generations. Truly, it has stood as a connection between past students and the learning that flourishes in the Centre today.
A new Sugar Maple and a number of saplings – offspring of a similarly aged maple tree – will be planted at a dedication ceremony this fall.
Please visit TreeTrust.ca to learn more about the efforts of our program to help preserve beloved trees in our community.