A May 16, 2015 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Massive North York tree has been silent witness to regional history: Amateur historian fears majestic red oak – possibly dating back to 1765 – could be chopped down by new homeowner.”
The opening paragraphs read:“She wrote emails, left messages and when she finally got me, burst into tears over the phone, overwrought about this particular red oak.
“Now, I’m a tree-hugger. But this woman is a tree-nut, I thought.
“Until, I stepped under its massive, ancient outstretched limbs.
“This is not a tree. It’s a cathedral.
“Its gnarled trunk stretches 24 metres — so high, my neck crimped. Its girthy midsection would take four people to encircle — almost five metres around.
“Touching its rutted bark, I felt like I had slipped into a black-and-white pioneer photo — the ones capturing lumberjacks with floppy hats and crosscut hand saws.
“This red oak is even older than that, though. Three arborists estimated it was born around 1765 — almost 100 years before confederation.”
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