Thousands of brides and grooms have been photographed under the magnificent maple tree at the front of St. Paul’s Anglican on Church Street in Newmarket. This amazing tree is over 125 years old and now is close to the end of its splendid life.
It has stood strong and stately despite having to be cabled many years ago to protect it from further harm. On numerous occasions, a tree company was called to cut broken branches which were steeped in the history of the church. St. Paul’s maple tree is loved! Never has a single tree been so loved by so many, for so long.
Then a storm hit on August 2, 2015, damaging it further. A large centre branch broke resulting in the loss of a third of the tree. Although our immediate concern was safety, our hearts tried to justify keeping it from a sentimental standpoint. After expert opinions, insurance advice, significant discussion and healthy debate between self confessed tree huggers as well as individuals who felt it needed to come down for safety reasons, a decision was made to take it down. It is time for us to say goodbye.
The St. Paul’s maple tree will be taken down this Thursday (August 6, 2015). The firewood will be kept for those who can support a good case for the need and will be given out in a controlled manner. We will attempt to keep a slice of the huge trunk to make a table. We won’t know until we are into the trunk of the tree as to whether this is possible. This will be kept in the Parish House in order that we retain a piece of our wonderful history.