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Christmas Tree for Boston will come from Pictou County this year

Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders of Black Point, Pictou County are donating this year's Tree for Boston.
Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders of Black Point, Pictou County are donating this year's Tree for Boston. - Contributed

Pictou County is home to this year's annual Tree for Boston, a gift to the city of Boston to thank them for their efforts following the Halifax Explosion in 1917.  

The 60-year-old, 45-foot white spruce donated by Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders of Black Point, Pictou County, will soon be making its 1,100 kilometre trek to Boston.

"We are very proud and honoured to have our tree represent Nova Scotia in this year's tradition of Tree for Boston,” said Waithe. “It is important to remember our past and recognize Boston for all their support during a tough moment in Nova Scotia's history."

A tree cutting ceremony will be held on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Students from Pictou Landing First Nation and Frank H. MacDonald Elementary School will attend the ceremony to learn about the annual tradition and the Halifax Explosion.

"The Tree for Boston is about gratitude, friendship and harmony," said Lands and Forestry Minister, Iain Rankin. "We continue to honour Boston for their kindness during our time of need following the Halifax Explosion 102 years ago."

The Tree for Boston will be in The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Halifax and will reach its destination for a tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Boston Common.

The couple said they were approached by a Department of Natural Resources employee Don Cameron who has a cottage near them and had been admiring the tree. Upon his recommendation they submitted it as a possible tree for Boston and were chosen.

The couple said the tree has been prominent on their property since they bought it about 10 years ago.

“I’m certainly going to miss the tree,” Saunders said. “It’s a beautiful tree.”

DNR will plant a replacement white spruce after it’s cut.

Already the tree has been wrapped in preparation for cutting and shipment.

“She’s all wrapped and ready to go,” Waithe said.

Waithe said they are planning to go to Boston for the ceremony.

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