The new fence at Hunter Park is made from trees that had to be cut down last year due to an outbreak of Laminate Root Rot. Supplied

The new fence at Hunter Park is made from trees that had to be cut down last year due to an outbreak of Laminate Root Rot. Supplied

Fallen trees form new fence at Langley City park

City recycles trees it was forced to chop down to fight root rot

The new fence around Hunter Park in Langley City will be entirely made from the trees the city was forced to chop down after an outbreak of Laminated Root Rot was detected last year.

The first section of fence, complete with a sign, went up last week along the eastern boundary of the park and the rest will go in over the next three weeks.

All of it will be made with wood milled from some of the more than 100 trees that came down, courtesy of the company that did the culling, said Geoff Mallory, Manager of Parks Operation.

“We kept the big long timber,” Mallory told The Times.

All the firs and hemlocks in the municipal park on 45A Avenue off 200 Street were removed last year because the disease, also known as yellow ring rot, had been detected in several trees.

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It cost the City $40,000 to remove the diseased trees before they could become a public safety hazard.

Mallory said most of the work on the park is set to be completed within the next three weeks, with the exception of installing benches, also made from the trees that were chopped down.

They will go in later, he said.

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Laminated Root Rot is the most prominent disease of Douglas-fir trees in coastal coniferous forests throughout British Columbia.

The disease spreads primarily by root contact and can attack and gradually kill trees throughout their life cycle. Infected trees can topple because of lack of roots.

The disease progressed through the park over a number of years, and the park had numerous trees fall before samples were sent to the lab to confirm the disease.



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

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