Iconic oak damaged in storm has decades of life left, says expert
Ottawa Citizen

By Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen, October 3, 2017

There’s good news for Ottawa’s tree huggers, although soon they may not get close enough to hug the majestic Bebb’s oak known as “Ardeth’s tree.”

An international expert in tree hazard assessment says the oak, which was severely damaged in a storm last week, has decades of life left.

“I know this tree will survive,” said Mississauga-based Philip van Wassenaer, who lectures around the world on conserving old and ancient trees. “This (the damage) is not fantastic for the tree, but it’s just a stage of life for this tree.”


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