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HRM on the hunt for 2019 holiday trees

The municipality has begun a public search for trees to use at two tree lighting ceremonies this December
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The municipality has begun a public search for trees to use at two tree lighting ceremonies this December.

HRM announced on Friday that they are taking submissions of large spruce or balsam trees for both Grand Parade Square and Sullivan's Pond.

This is the first time the municipality has called for tree submissions, saying they need to diversify where their trees come from because invasive species and tree maturity are impacting availability.

HRM is looking for a tree that's 6 to 10 metres tall to light up Sullivan's Pond in Dartmouth, and a tree that's 9 to 16 metres tall for Halifax's Grand Parade.

To submit a tree, it must be on your own private property and easily accessible from the street. Tree submissions should be symetrical, with little to no brown needles.

Owners will not receive compensation for their trees, but HRM Urban Forestry crews will remove it free of cost - right down to the stump.

You can find more information here, and citizens are encouraged to submit photos of suitable trees to

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Victoria is's weekend editor and a Halifax-based freelancer. She is originally from Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley.
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