The Garry oak trial was established by Colin Huebert. A range-wide collection of acorns (2007) was planted first in a greenhouse, then in a common garden in Totem field (2008).
After a few years, with various people studying aspects of Garry oak, the planting density was a bit tight. Some trees grew really well.
A decision was made to thin half of the 1900 trees. The better your trees grow, the more work they require! But, we are not dealing with poplars. Thinning required a chainsaw and a team of helpers. It was definitely a collaborative effort.
But we had fun nonetheless.
This work party provides a good opportunity to single out some demonstration trees to illustrate provenance variation.
Who knows which other studies will take place in this trial?