Video: City TV report on how Spencer Smith willows trees will be given new life

The City of Burlington has partnered up with a couple of local companies, Exotic Woods and Arborwood Tree Services, to mill the wood from two 70-year-old willow trees that had to be cut down for safety reasons. The wood will be turned over to the community in the spring.


City TV report link here

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. It would be fun to keep track of the people who have the wood then have an art show a few years from now, so we can see what magic they have created with it. Our artisans are so creative, and it would be a great opportunity for us all – the community could see the artistic work and the artisans get to show off their skills.

  2. Thankfully, logic and due diligence came out ahead of emotions in this case. It’s all fine and dandy to be a “tree hugger”, but considering that the Canadian Forest Service considers fifty years to be the normal lifespan of a willow, seventy years is actually pushing it a bit. One needs to only look back to the damage in Stanley Park in December of 2006 to see the folly of allowing trees to remain past their normal life expectancy.
    Carry on.

  3. I still don’t believe that our historic 70 year old willows were cut down for “safety” reasons. BUT I am thrilled that the City and its two partners will be making the wood available to artisans and the public plus planting seedlings throughout Burlington. And yes, this will be a model for all towns and cities to follow. Re Exotic Woods, my dad and brother, both expert wood craftsmen, purchased and/or just admired the amazing selection of woods at this Burlington business over the years. I am also sure that our wond!erful Ward 2 Councillor, Marianne Meed Ward, put on her “Residents First” hat to make this a reality!

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