About the Tree Removals

    How many trees are scheduled to be removed within the next year?

    A total of three Maple trees were identified for dismantling with a priority ASAP designation. 

    A total of four Maple trees were identified for dismantling with a priority A designation. One of these four trees has since been dismantled in the summer of 2020. In July 2020, the entire crown of the tree failed due to severe internal decay, which resulted in surrounding damage to the cemetery fence and gravestone. 

    A total of seven Maple trees were identified for dismantling with a priority B designation. These trees will undergo various prescribed pruning in the interim and will be reassessed by a certified arborist to determine the next steps surrounding the prioritization of their dismantling.  

    A total of three of Norway Spruce trees were identified for dismantling with a priority B/C designation.


    How will you decide what trees to remove first?

    Priority ASAP tree work was identified due to their unreasonable potential risk to person and/or adjacent objects. Their poorer health, noted failures and/or structural defects present significant concerns of failure during extreme weather events but are severe enough to have the potential to occur on calm days.

    Priority A tree work was identified due to their unreasonable potential risk to persons and/or adjacent objects. Their respective poorer health noted failures and/or structural defects present lesser concerns of failure during extreme weather events than those stems listed in the ASAP category. 

    Priority B tree work was identified due to their moderate potential risk to persons and/or adjacent objects, their respective poor health & structural defects present lesser concern of failure during extreme weather events than those listed in the ASAP & A categories. 

    Priority B/C tree work was identified due to their poorer health and proximity to adjacent plantings and fence feature. Although these trees pose no significant risk of failure and subsequent risk to adjacent objects, they are heavily competed against by the adjacent high-value feature Maple memorial trees. Their respective removal will promote canopy development for the remaining feature Maple memorial trees.

    What species of memorial trees were initially planted at this site when it was originally establish as a memorial site?

    The majority of the trees were Sugar Maples, the balance were silver, red and black Maples .

    Will some of the fallen branches and wood be repurposed as mulch for the newly planted trees?

    Yes, we will be grinding the fallen wood into mulch that can be utilized around the newly planted trees on the site. Mulching trees is highly effective for improving the soil environment for root growth. Mulches moderate soil temperatures conserve soil moisture provide organic material and provide a buffer against compaction.  

About the Pruning and Replanting

    Has there been any tree maintenance work completed since receiving this arborist report?

    Yes, the Town completed all of the various recommended Priority ASAP/A tree pruning that was prescribed within the arborist report which identified a specific sustainability plan for each tree.

    What type of pruning is planned??

    Specific pruning was also prioritized from ASAP, A, B&C specifically: pruning to clean the canopy by removing dead, dying, diseased and structurally poor limbs, pruning to improve structure by removing selected live limbs to reduce the potential need for future cabling and bracing options and pruning to the thin canopy by removing selected live limbs evenly throughout the given canopy to reduce ‘sail effect’ and subsequent risk of failure during certain wind events.

    Will there be any tree planting happening in 2021?

    Yes. The priority A&B designated dismantling will provide seven (7) additional memorial maple planting locations on site.

    What species of trees are being planted this fall 2020, how many and in which locations?

    There will be a total of 7 trees planted at the Cenotaph in locations where it is suspected that memorial trees had been previously removed. 4 red maples and 3 sugar maples were able to be sourced locally. These trees are being planted with help from the generous contributions of local community members.  


About the Trench Mortar and Cenotaph

    When are the trench mortar refurbishments going to be completed and when will the trench mortar return to the site?

    The trench mortar refurbishment is scheduled to be completed this year. The trench mortar is scheduled to be returned to its original home, south of the monument, once landscape improvements are completed.  The generous donations from the Veteran’s Affairs Canada and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 547 & Branch 171 were used to fund the refurbishment of the trench mortar. 


    Will the Cenotaph improvements also include improvements to the surrounding walkway, landscape area and drainage?

    We are hoping these works can take place in 2021, however, this is dependent upon approval of a proposed capital project PKS358 Cookstown Memorial Park Rehabilitation. Upon approval of this project, improvements will be made to the entrance walkway and surrounding landscaped area that leads to the Cenotaph to increase the safety, accessibility and aesthetics of the site. The park benches are showing signs of wear and tear and will need to be replaced along with the garden edging that surrounds the ‘home’ of the trench mortar.  

    There are significant drainage improvements that will also be addressed as part of this project to redirect the flow of water that runs from the sidewalk area towards the base of the monument.

    When is the Cenotaph work scheduled to take place and what type of work is required?

    We are hoping these works can take place in 2021, however, this is dependent upon approval of a proposed capital project PKS358 Cookstown Memorial Park Rehabilitation. The Cenotaph is comprised of four sections: monument base, lower square column, eight-sided triangular column, and a cross affixed to the top.

    Several inspections of the Cenotaph indicated significant damage and deterioration to the base of the monument, the bronze plaques and to the stonework comprising the main and top sections, including:

    • Large crack in the cement base of the monument located on the west side of the Cenotaph. 
    • Significant degradation to the parging on the front of the cement base of the Cenotaph. 
    • Cracking and chipping of the mortar between the field stones compromising the monument. 
    • Cracking and wear of sealant for World War 1 plaque 
    • Significant cracking and chipping of the cement base for the World War II plaque on the monument. 
    • Brass plaques are missing decorative rosettes and is severely tarnished. 
    • A large drainage area extending from Highway 89 slopes down to the Cenotaph which ponds in front of the monument base. This ponding may be aggravating the cracking and spalling during run-off.