Tim Smith’s photograph of the poor flowering crab apple tree at Errol Black Park (Brandon Sun, June 3) is not alone — some of the planted trees are already dead and many others are in serious trouble.
Unfortunately this site was not totally remediated, despite the fact that council was advised of the success of other Canadian cities in requiring oil companies to clean up these brownfield sites.
As the tree roots extend into the soil, they interact with the gaseous hydrocarbons that results in death of the trees and this is now happening at the First and Rosser site.
Since Errol was a strong advocate of a green Brandon, perhaps shallower, rooted shrubs with charcoal added to the root zone might help restore this tribute to Errol.
It is noted that the grass and the dandelions are doing well.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 12, 2014