Last month we saw the final oak tree planted as part of the program developed by Chautauqua residents Holmes Hooke and Leslie Frankish to assist in the restoration of the storied canopy in our neighbourhood.
It was the last act of a dedicated, lengthy and valuable journey that began with a detailed assessment of the declining condition of the stately vegetation; moved through intriguing presentations to residents, associations, Niagara College and town council; and along the way inspired the full, active support of an entire community.
The details of how it was accomplished have been published but I’m hoping that residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake fully comprehend the incredible legacy this selfless work holds for future generations.
Take the time to drive slowly through Chautauqua and look at those aspiring small oak trees.
Check out the tag – most of the trees have been grown from a Chautauqua acorn.
Consider how proud residents and town staff are carefully nurturing their new trees.
You might even cast your mind forward with confidence that there will be a new canopy and how beautiful it will be in the years ahead.
It’s all because of the vision and persistent dedication of two amazing people.
I know that, given the magnitude of this project, it truly is insufficient gratitude – but thank you, Leslie and Holmes. Niagara-on-the-Lake is in your debt.