British Columbia

Stanley Park's Hollow Tree spared the axe for good

The Vancouver Park Board voted to accept a new proposal Monday night to save the so-called Hollow Tree, a long-standing tourist attraction in Stanley Park.

The Vancouver Park Board voted to accept a new proposal Monday night to save the so-called Hollow Tree, a long-standing tourist attraction in Stanley Park.

The massive dead tree stump has been held up by a growing mass of metal braces and cables after it suffered serious damage from a powerful windstorm in December 2006.

The storm left the tree tilting precariously and park officials voted twice to cut it down for safety reasons, but then had a change of heart after those plans provoked a public outcry to save the tree.

An engineering firm examined other options and park staff recently recommended the commissioners approve a new plan to realign and stabilize the tree.

Lorne Whitehead, a board member of the Hollow Tree Conservation Society, which led the effort to save the tree, said the estimated $250,000 cost of straightening and stabilizing the stump will be funded entirely by private donations and donated work in kind.

With files from the Canadian Press

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