A heritage tree is a tree that is granted protection from removal and is identified for its unique, important, and culturally relevant role.
According to Tree’s Ontario, a heritage tree is a noble specimen because of its size, form, shape, beauty, age, colour, variety, genetic constitution, or other distinctive features. It is a living relic that displays evidence of cultural modification by Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal people, including strips of bark or knot- free wood removed, test hole cut to determine soundness, furrows cut to collect pitch or sap, or blazes to mark a trail.
It is a prominent community landmark; a specimen associated with a historic person, place or event or period; a representative of a crop grown by ancestors and their successors that is at risk of disappearing from cultivation. It is a tree associated with local folklore, myths, legends or traditions; a specimen identified by members of a community as deserving heritage recognition.
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