Tree Walk in Cedarvale

Last Sunday 8th September, Friends of Cedarvale were taken on an interesting “Tree Walk” by John Routh, urban forester and leader of one of the city’s park stewarding teams.

Actually, it was more than a tree walk. John began by giving us a short history of the ravine from the early 1970s, when the subway was built. He explained that the ravine was excavated for the subway, so that only the sides of the ravine contain original growth trees. The trees in the centre of the ravine are mainly non-native species such as Manitoba maple, amur maple, buck-thorn, honey locust and various types of poplar, which have seeded themselves and grown in the last 35 years.

Our leader, John Routh, talking about the trees in Cedarvale.

At the cat-tail wetland near the Bathurst St bridge, John explained that there are three types of cat-tail: native, non-native and a hybrid of the two. Probably, all three types are present here.

The leaves of a white walnut or butternut, showing the leaves opposite each other with one on top, total 17.

We also observed various bushes and flowers:

We finished the walk beside the tennis courts and went our separate ways. This was a very informative and worthwhile afternoon. Many thanks to John for taking the time to share his knowledge with us.

John Cummings

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