Visitors to the Halton Regional Centre in Oakville are welcomed by the beautiful White Oak Tree that resides on Bronte Road. The 260-year-old tree has become a significant landmark for Halton not only because of its historical and cultural significance, but because it also represents the enthusiasm and commitment of Halton’s residents towards environmental stewardship.
The dedicated efforts of residents, who worked together with Regional Council to save the White Oak Tree, will once again pay off as 1,000 of its seedlings are ready to be planted through the region as part of the White Oak Tree Nursery Program. The seedlings were planted five years ago when acorns were collected and planted to help preserve the heritage and genetics of the White Oak, extending the legacy of the popular tree for future generations.
The White Oak Nursery Program was initially launched in 2009 to acknowledge the efforts of the Woodlands Oak Tree Preservation Committee, the citizen-led initiative that was instrumental in raising enough money to help preserve the tree during the Bronte Road widening. The new trees will be used to help green various parks and naturalization areas and will be planted in open spaces so that the broader community can enjoy the next generation of White Oak Trees. Similarly, a number of trees will be available for transplanting at schools around the Region to help recognize their contributions to the fundraising efforts.
As part of the White Oak Nursery Program, Halton Region will:
- Donate 100 trees to Conservation Halton to help with the Glenorchy Naturalization project;
- Plant some of the seedlings along Halton Region’s Ninth Line (Regional Road 13) between Upper Middle Road (Regional Road 38) to Dundas Street (Regional Road 5);
- Maintain the fourteen trees that were planted around the White Oak Tree on Bronte Road;
- Work with local school boards and the local parks departments to determine appropriate locations for the remaining trees, ideally helping to replace some of the trees lost during last winter’s ice storm; and
- Plant a portion of the trees on Regionally-owned lands.
Regional Council is committed to protecting and preserving Halton’s heritage and natural environment for current and future residents. The White Oak Tree Nursery Program is a natural extension of our commitment to a sustainable future and a perfect example of community members working with Regional Council to help support the restoration and development of the tree canopy within public lands across the Region.
I would like to thank our residents, community groups and our local schools for helping the Region set an example of sound environmental stewardship for other municipalities and Halton residents. Working together, we can help preserve our vibrant communities and the natural environment that make Halton such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
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