Heritage Tree Tour Explores Natural History

Heritage Tree Tour 2013


(September 29, 2013, Toronto, ON – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) On Sunday, September 29, 2013, a large group of curious tree lovers will join LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and expert arborist Philip van Wassenaer as they explore some of the most impressive, rare, and century-old trees around Queen’s Park and Philosopher’s Walk in Toronto.


What: Heritage Tree Tour 

When: Sunday, September 29, 2013, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Philosopher’s Walk and Queen’s Park (meet at southwest corner of Bloor St. W and Avenue Rd.)

Who: Philip van Wassenaer, Principal Consulting Arborist & Founder, Urban Forest Innovations Inc.

“Older trees provide exponentially more benefits,” says Philip van Wassenaer. “Mature trees have a much higher capacity for filtering pollutants out of our air, supporting increased biodiversity and providing food and habitat for pollinators and wildlife.”


Philip van Wassenaer has worked locally, nationally and internationally on assignments concerning urban forestry and the preservation of significant trees for over 20 years. He will share stories from his own experience in the field and explain techniques used in the art and science of Conservation Arboriculture, an approach to tree management that prioritizes the preservation of old trees while minimizing risk in the urban environment.


Participants will see examples of past and current techniques used to preserve heritage trees.  They will also learn how they can identify and protect heritage trees in their own neighbourhoods. Visit www.yourleaf.org for more information. 


Photo opportunities / interviews available upon request. 




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