Tuesday, September 16, 2008

HERITAGE TREE PROTECTED DURING CONSTRUCTION

GARRY OAK PROTECTED

A perfect specimen of a native Garry Oak tree located on the cliff overlooking Cavan Street is being protected during construction of a 66 unit three storey building.

The new building which will be an assisted living complex for seniors is aptly named Oak Tree Manor giving the developers further reason to protect the heritage tree which could be as old as 150 years.

A fence around the tree protects it from the day to day hazards on a construction site, but the biggest challenge was the blasting required to make way for the foundation of the building.

Apparently the tree has survived the blasting which was very controlled to avoid damaging not only the tree but neighbouring buildings.

This was a fortunate tree in that trees on construction sites are usually just bulldozed rather than taking the extra effort to work around them.

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