Posted on August 24, 2009
Does anyone rescue heritage trees? The final harvest of a Mount Pleasant apple tree
Just blocks from the Olympic Village Canada Line station and the Olympic Village itself, an apple tree that may date from the early days of one of the city’s oldest neighbourhood is groaning with fruit — perhaps for the last time.
Development began in Mount Pleasant before the turn of the last century as logging ended and retail businesses sprang up at Kingsway and Main, where the waters of Brewery Creek were being turned into beer.
By the early 1900s, homes were rising closer to Cambie, where a bridge had been built across False Creek in 1891. In the 1950s, homes gave way to light industry. The area bounded by Broadway, Cambie and Main supports thousands of jobs in the diverse businesses it takes to make the city run: laundries, garages, print shops, studios, metal shops and much more.
Somehow, two homes survived at 6th and Alberta. Now boarded up, they seem headed at last for demolition.
But the very old and beautiful apple tree in the front yard is defiantly offering up an abundant and perhaps final harvest. Is there a rescue organization for heritage trees?