Dear Lee Valley,
I was reminded, on seeing your article on the horseshoe in
the tree (volume 3, issue 1), of some fancy-growing trees
here in Burnaby (a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia).
These trees must have grown some time after 1912 when the
Oakalla Prison Farm was established in central Burnaby, at
that time a pretty rural location. By 1991, of course, it
wasn't fashionable to have prisons in the city and condominiums
were more important than farms, so it was largely changed
over to that with some residual park.
Along one of the big chain-link fences, there is a whole row
of trees having an affair with the fence. Some have been destroyed
because of the relentless march of civilization, but I've
attached a photo of one particular tree. You can
see that the tree has grown right through the fence. It has enveloped
the fence completely, without being destroyed by it. It lives on happilyit
must be 150 feet tall today.
may be a pretty common site to the rural folks, but we city
folks don't get to see it that often!
Thanks for all your good work.
Vancouver, British Columbia