How we used the Willow trees in the new Wilson Park seating area

How we used your ideas to incorporate the willow logs into the new Wilson Park seating area

In the Spring of 2022, we had to remove some large and very well-loved willow trees from Wilson Park. We removed many other mature trees. These trees were all in the path of the Montgomery Creek restoration project and would not have survived construction. We heard from many people who were saddened by the loss of so many beautiful trees.

Summer 2022 Willow Log Survey results

Last summer, we asked you to answer a short survey with thoughts on including parts of a willow log in the new Wilson Park seating area. Thanks to everyone who participated! Out of the 12 responses, most people asked for log stools or log steppers, three asked for a nurse log, and two asked for a log bench. One person suggested we create all three and include a sign telling the story.

Where to find the Willow logs and other trees that were removed

In the new Wilson Park seating area you can find two sets of log stools or steppers made from the willow log. You will also find a willow nurse log with strawberry plants in front of it.

Three tree log cross sections seen from above with grass behind themStonedust path beside mulch garden with log and bench and building in backgroundFive log stools with grass, trees and slope in background

Looking carefully, you can also see other trees incorporated into the creek restoration. There is a tall tree trunk embedded in the creek. This standing trunk will be a habitat for raptors like hawks and osprey. You can also see many tree roots and logs built into the creek. These stabilize the banks and provide habitat.

We delivered another large willow log to the Sunshine Montessori schoolyard on Boniface Avenue after students and teachers from the school contacted us to share their sadness about the loss of their friend, the Great Willow.

We plan to add signs to this project in the future. We'll hold onto the idea of telling the story of these trees in future signage.

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This project is now complete and the creek is restored. For more information about stormwater initiatives, please visit kitchener.ca/stormwater 

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