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Halifax History / Seasonal November 13, 2017

7 Interesting Facts About Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston

2018 marks the 101st anniversary of the Halifax Explosion that occurred in the Halifax harbour in 1917. When the explosion struck, killing nearly 2,000 people and leaving hundreds more injured and homeless, Boston sent medical personnel and supplies to relieve the city’s rescue efforts.

For decades Nova Scotians have commemorated Boston’s kindness by sending a Nova Scotian Christmas tree to our southern neighbours.

Here are a few interesting facts you may not have known about Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston:


» Note: The Nova Scotia Tree for Boston Send-Off Event takes place on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:45am in Grand Parade.
Learn more.

1 – Each tree is selected VERY carefully and is required to meet certain criteria, including:

 – 12-15 meters (40-50 feet) in height
 – Healthy with good colour
 – Medium to heavy density
 – Uniform and symmetrical
 – Easy to access

2 – The tree will travel more than 1000 km, averaging approximately 1200 km per journey!


3 – Most of the trees selected in previous years have been white spruce.


4 – Tree heights range on average between 45-55 feet – the taller the better!


5 – Generally, the age of the tree ranges between 50-70 years old!


6 – The tree needs to be tied up to be transported so that it is not wider than 12 feet.


7 – Professional arborists use rope to tie up the tree, using as much as 600 feet of rope!


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Sources:
 – https://novascotia.ca/treeforboston/
 – Tim Whynot, Manager, Stewardship and Outreach at Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
For more information and important dates, visit the Tree for Boston’s webpage and follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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