For more than 30 years, Nova Scotia has donated a giant evergreen each year to the people of Boston as a thank you for their assistance following the 1917 Halifax Explosion. The tree usually comes from a private land owner and is selected by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources based upon the following specifications:
* Balsam fir, white spruce or red spruce
* Twelve to fifteen meters (40-50 feet) in height
* Healthy with good color
* Medium to heavy density
* Uniform and symmetrical
* Easy to access.
The tree is transported to Boston by the Province of Nova Scotia and delivered to the Boston Common. Once erected, the Nova Scotia tree is decorated with thousands of lights and becomes the focal point of the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony.
This year’s 14-meter spruce tree was found on Craig and Marina Cook’s Clementsvale, Annapolis County property. It was loaded onto a flatbed trailer Monday morning and will begin its long trek on Wednesday, to reach Boston on Friday. Seasons Greetings from Nova Scotia, Boston!