Talks are already underway to replace a local World War One monument in Surrey after it abruptly came crashing down over the weekend.
Charlie’s Tree, named after a pilot who planted ivy around the tree to memorialize those who died in the war, fell down onto Highway 1 sometime Saturday night.
Fleetwood Port Kells MP Ken Hardie says it now appears the ivy may have been what killed the tree.
“I actually thought it had died a long time ago, but apparently it was still alive. This particular English vine has this capability of choking a tree off and that’s precisely what appeared to have happened here.”
Hardie says residents have come forward pledging a replacement tree, and there are talks about proposing to Heritage Canada for a new permanent landmark.
“Almost immediately there were thoughts about what do we do to replace it? Put up a monument? …I think the long and short of it is we’re going to do something. We’re going to do something to ensure Charlie’s memory continues to be celebrated.”