Fort Langley’s iconic heritage maple tree removed

The Wilson Commemorative Maple tree in Fort Langley was reduced to a stump last week

The Wilson Commemorative Maple, an iconic heritage tree planted in 1923 at the corner of 96 Avenue and Glover Road, was removed last week.

Those who frequent Fort Langley may notice something very different about the corner of 96 Avenue and Glover Road.

The Wilson Commemorative Maple, a large tree that stood in the centre of the intersection for more than 90 years, was reduced to a tall stump last week.

The tree was removed due to significant fungal growth and rot.

It was originally planted in 1923 in honour of A. W. Wilson, a local First World War soldier who was killed in action at Vimy Ridge, France, in 1917.

The maple was one of many planted in the early 1920s as part of an initiative started by Dr. Benjamin Butler Marr and Archie Payne to honour more than 350 local men who served in the First World War.

A new tree, and more commemorative projects, are being planned for the spring.

Photos submitted by Mark Forsythe