An 80-year-old elm tree in Selkirk has been saved from building injury with some artistic metropolis planning.

The tree, situated in entrance of the Royal Canadian Legion at 403 Eveline Road, has an in depth root system that had grown beneath the prevailing road pavement. When it got here time to repave the highway, particular care needed to be taken to be able to preserve the tree alive.

“It’s an enormous tree, one of many metropolis’s oldest and nicest,” mentioned Selkirk’s newly employed Naturalization Coordinator, Mihali Schindle. “Clearly we wished to protect it.

“We determined we might shield the basis zone on the highway facet by making a garden mattress that may exit on the curb facet about three metres and that may permit for extra soil to be put again down on the basis zone as an alternative of paving over this space.”

The consequence shall be a small inexperienced space across the tree.

Selkirk’s Director of Operations Dan McDermid mentioned it’s a measure that may not have occurred ten years in the past.

“We’ve modified the way in which we do issues … and we’re dedicated to defending and enhancing our city forest,” McDermid mentioned.

The town has developed a long-term care plan for the tree that features watering, fertilizing and upkeep, in addition to monitoring it for Dutch elm illness.

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