Vernon and North Okanagan
A heartfelt loss over heartnut tree
Jul 17, 2012 / 7:45 am
Photo: Contributed - City of Vernon
A large limb broke off The Heartnut tree at the south end of Spirit Square between City Hall and the former Library on Tuesday, July 10.
The City's Arborist investigated the condition of the tree to determine the cause of the break and found that the tree has approximately 30% livable area. Due to extensive decay, it is unlikely that the tree will survive and further limb breakage could happen at any time.
As a result of the condition of the tree and to ensure public safety, the tree has to be removed. This work is scheduled to start today. A new tree will likely be planted in the same location but extensive root removal and remedial work will be required first.
Will Pearce, CAO for the City of Vernon says, "Unfortunately the core of the trunk has deteriorated and turned punk (in the process of rotting)." What is holding the tree up is a fairly narrow band of living material just below the bark. The structural integrity of the tree is very poor. For public safety the tree must come down. This is disappointing but inevitable."
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