Photo credit: @Arrondissement de Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie …The Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie and Project Montreal joined forces to transform dying trees into a lasting monument. They are recycling trees and creating beautiful, wooden benches for the people of Montreal.
The project is part of the larger ‘a tree for my neighborhood‘ program, which focuses on ash trees threatened by emerald ash borers. These invasive beetles are originally from Asia and destory trees from the inside by eating them.
There has been an infestation of the insects in Montreal since 2012. Ash trees infested by the beetles can only survive for two to five years.
More than 8,000 ash trees in Rosemont are threatened by the ash borers. That is one out of three trees!
The program intends to save the borough’s urban woods by using the trees to create public pieces to be enjoyed by all. The borough is also preserving wood from dozens of infected trees to be used to build furniture such as picnic tables, benches, and ice-hockey rinks.
The most recent collection of refurbished trees was transformed into park benches.