A very special tree grows at City Hall

NWHPS is very proud to have donated this sapling Vimy heritage oak tree to the City of New Westminster, in honour of Canadians who served in WWI.

The story behind this tree

Excerpt from City of New Westminster website. In 1917, the Canadian military was victorious at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Canadian soldiers had been tasked with taking the Ridge, a strategic allied strong point over enemy positions. It was at great loss and against almost insurmountable odds that the Canadian military was successful in their mission. The outcome of the battle was a marked shift among Canadians who were bolstered by the victory and rallied behind it as a source of pride and nationalism. Following the battle, Vimy Ridge was left devoid of vegetation, including groves of English Oak trees that once covered the area.  As a memory of his service at Vimy, Lieutenant Leslie Miller sent home a collection of acorns from these trees which he later planted on his family farm in Scarborough, Ontario.  One hundred years on, ten of these original oak trees are thriving. From these trees the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation has propagated hundreds of saplings to be repatriated back to Vimy Ridge and shared amongst communities across Canada.

Thank you to NWHPS director Deane Gurney who proposed NWHPS’ participation in the purchase of this sapling from the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation and its subsequent donation to the City in honour of veterans who have served or sacrificed for our country.

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