Can you spot a heritage tree? Did you know that some trees in Niagara pre-date the War of 1812?

These trees bear among their branches a wealth of history of the Niagara region having stood and seen the world change over centuries.

The main focus of the Heritage Tree Hunt is to offer recognition to these significant trees within the Region, educate community members on the value of trees, and protect them for generations to come. In order to merit protection under to Ontario Heritage Act, trees must exhibit significant social, cultural and historical value. Heritage trees are identified and assessed based on their age, size, appearance, and most importantly their cultural and historical significance.

Climate Action Niagara is asking for your nominations to recognize the very few Indian Marker Trees, outstanding examples of rare species, the oldest and biggest native species, and historically, culturally, and socially significant trees in the Niagara Region. The hunt will also include trees of community significance including favourite children’s climbing trees and Niagara’s very own shoe trees.

Heritage Trees as defined by the Ontario Heritage Tree Alliance:

“A heritage tree is a notable specimen because of its size, form, shape, beauty, age, colour, rarity, genetic constitution and other distinctive features… It is a prominent community landmark and can be associated with a historic person, place, event or period…Trees deserving heritage recognition are often identified by members of the community.”

This 250-year old swamp white oak in the Lyon’s Creek United Church cementery is the first heritage tree nominated through the Climate Action Niagara’s Great Heritage Tree Hunt. Check out the rest of the nominations here

Photo taken by Matthew Craggs