Right after the above picture of Gizmo Guy and Curly was taken of this beautiful old red cedar in 2006, Vancouver experienced hurricane-style winds that tore out thousands of trees from the world-famous Stanley Park. We’d wondered what had happened to the ‘Hollow Tree’ but hadn’t seen any mentions of it falling, so presumed it had survived. Unfortunately, it didn’t.
This week the Vancouver Parks board voted that the tree – which is leaning 11% and is now a danger – must be cut down. (Here’s what it looks like now.) They will replace it with another cedar. Let’s hope it survives equally as long. And let’s hope we’ll have ancestors around to view it.