When you stroll through our Uptown neighbourhood you will notice Norway spruce trees dotting the landscape. Soaring in many back, side and front yards, they are all a uniform size. These trees were planted by schoolchildren in the 1920s.
Before Elizabeth Ziegler Public School was built our neighbourhood kids went across King Street to attend Alexandra School (ingeniously re-adapted into condos in 2000). To celebrate Arbour Day, every student was given a seedling to take home. Years ago I met the woman who grew up in my house in the 1920s. She and her brother, children of George H. Skelton, each planted a Norway spruce in the backyard. Hers has survived and towers above our house at 40 George Street.
|A Norway spruce behind 40 George Street.|
Mature trees are one of the elements that attracted many of us to live in the Mary-Allen neighbourhood.
We have school children from 90 years ago to thank for the Norway spruces, part of our tree-graced urban landscape. If you have more information on Arbour Day, or if you were one of the people planting trees in the Uptown to celebrate it, please let us know.
|A Norway spruce behind 52 Willow Street.|