The Halifax Regional Municipality is providing the following update on the property damage that occurred at the Halifax Public Gardens in July 2022.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of damage to multiple trees within the Gardens. Approximately 33 trees, many of which range from 50 to 200 years old, were damaged.
Halifax parks and urban forestry workers are evaluating the damage to 30 tress in the Public Gardens which range in age from 50 to 200 years old. pic.twitter.com/3WzfcvMLwj— Jesse Thomas (@JesseThomasCTV) July 27, 2022
Four trees were initially deemed unsalvageable and were removed by municipal staff. For the remaining 29 trees, municipal staff used coconut fibres to protect the wounds and attempted bridge-grafting on the trees with the goal to encourage the growth of healthy bark over the wounded areas.
This past spring, all the damaged trees leafed out as expected – with the exception of one small tree that was subsequently removed by municipal staff. Bridge-grafting efforts are ongoing, and many of the trees are showing positive responses in the form of callousing. However, it may take several years of continued tree growth to see the full extent of the damage.
For more information on the Halifax Public Gardens, please visit our website.