Waterloo Region Tree Trust at Steckle Heritage Farm

On November 15th, 2022, we were pleased to gather and celebrate the induction of the second tree to the Waterloo Region Tree Trust: a 250 year old red oak (quercus rubra) at Steckle Heritage Farm in Kitchener.
We were joined by community members and Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate Institute’s Green Industries students from grades 10, 11, and 12 to help plant succession trees for the majestic oak.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors and the Ages Foundation, Mother Earth Tree Care removed deadwood from within the canopy and also removed invasive buckthorn from below the canopy. This care will help to ensure the tree’s health and longevity for the benefit of the generations to come.

Following the tree care demonstration, the students got to work planting a total of seven native shrubs and trees including pagoda dogwood, basswood, and hackberry thanks to the kind support of Sutherland Insurance’s funding for succession planting.

Two students from KCI’s Green Industries class planting native pagoda dogwoods below the legacy oak’s canopy to replace the invasive buckthorn that was recently removed.
Kevin from Mother Earth Tree Care talks with students from KCI’s Green Industries classes about the care he is performing on the legacy oak tree pictured in the background.
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