A crew member works to chop what’s left of a large Oak tree that fell overnight on the grounds of Central middle school after high winds ripped the tree from its roots. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

A crew member works to chop what’s left of a large Oak tree that fell overnight on the grounds of Central middle school after high winds ripped the tree from its roots. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Mighty Oak felled in Victoria school yard to be recycled for learning spaces

If a tree falls at Central middle school and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

A mighty Oak ripped from its roots after last night’s windstorm, came tumbling down just outside Central middle school, but the district says they have plans to recycle the tree and turn it into nature-based play spaces.

Crews from SD61 and Bartlett Tree Experts were on site this morning chopping the tree into smaller pieces in order to be removed from the property, where they will then be transferred to the district’s facilities yard and preserved.

Mark Walsh of SD61 says the materials and installation of nature-based playgrounds can be costly so having a tree fall naturally helps mitigate that and sends a positive message to students about environmentally-friendly practices.

Walsh says similar play spaces have already been installed at Monterey middle school and at Margaret Jenkins elementary where a tree from the school’s grounds now serves as a playground on the opposite side of the school yard.

While it is still unclear what time the tree came down, Walsh says no one was injured, nor was there any property damage reported.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

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