It is absolutely gorgeous here in High Park right now. Everything is glittery and sparkly and bright. The Black Oak Savannah is absolutely breathtaking! The problem is … this breathtaking sight could also do plenty of damage to such an important and rare habitat!
The ice still weighs heavy on the old oaks and a good gust of wind could still send large branches flying. Dangerous to park users and harmful to our lovely trees. While they’re strong and have survived a couple hundred years now, urban trees have it tougher than those in the wild. Pollution, soil compaction, drought and vandalism (surprisingly not those little squirrel ruffians 😉 ) have more of a detrimental effect on trees in the City than those in the country.
So while you’re sending warm thoughts to those still without power please spare a moment to think melty thoughts for our trees 😀
Quick note – As of this moment the entrance to High Park from Parkside Dr. is still closed due to a downed hydro wire.