Commemorative plaque missing from heritage tree in Cloverdale

Roger Bose (right), Mikey Boylan, and Boylan’s daughter inspect a marker stone that used to hold a commemorative plaque on it for the heritage Scotch elm seen behind them. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Roger Bose (left) and Jim Foulkes share a laugh as they talk about the missing heritage plaque. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
The heritage plaque as it used to look. (Image courtesy of Jim Foulkes)

A commemorative plaque is missing from a heritage tree on 184th Street in Cloverdale and one local advocate wants it replaced.

“For several years, there has been a bronze plaque telling the history of a heritage tree,” said Roger Bose, past president of the Surrey Historical Society and local heritage advocate. “This is a Scotch elm, which is quite unique, and it’s probably about 100 years old, or more.”

The elm tree, near the corner of 184th Street and 54th Avenue, is quite tall and leans over 184th Street.

“Unfortunately, all that is left of the plaque are the four holes in the marker stone that the plaque was mounted to.”

Bose said he feels it’s important that plaques, like the one that’s missing, are preserved and maintained as a way to protect local heritage.

SEE ALSO: Possible heritage oak in Clayton to be cut down

“When thieves come along and undo the work that we have done, it makes my blood boil,” said Bose. “It’s unbelievable.”

Bose thinks opportunists saw more value in the plaque as scrap metal than its value as something to “recognize history” in Cloverdale.

“We have to get heritage services to maintain these heritage markers,” said Cloverdale resident Jim Foulkes. “It’s a very rare tree because all of the elms got Dutch elm disease and they are basically extinct in their original habitat. But because these trees were imported to British Columbia—and the virus hasn’t reached this far because it hasn’t been able to pass over the Rockies—it’s important to identify, protect, and preserve this part of our heritage.”

SEE ALSO: Cloverdale’s newly named Henry Houston Scott Park opens

Mikey Boylan moved into a heritage house adjacent to the tree about a year ago.

“I’ve never seen it,” Boylan said of the missing plaque. “I didn’t notice it was gone, as I didn’t know a plaque was supposed to be on the (marker stone). But I’d be excited to see it replaced, 100 per cent.”

Bose wants the City to replace the plaque as soon as possible.

“I phoned Ryan Gallagher at Surrey Heritage and he said he didn’t know it was missing,” added Bose. “They’re not doing their due diligence.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Delta extends patio program ‘indefinitely’

13 restaurants, cafés, pubs and breweries have taken advantage of the program to date

North Delta crime beat, week of Sept. 14

A selection of property crimes submitted weekly by the Delta Police Department

South Delta crime beat, week of Sept. 14

A selection of property crimes submitted weekly by the Delta Police Department

Two dead in COVID-19 outbreak at Delta Hospital

Total of 10 patients and four staff in one unit have tested positive for COVID-19: Fraser Health

Surrey denturist goes mobile

Dr. Sarwar Sarwari, of True Fit Denture Centre, has had the van up and running for a month

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

VIDEO: COVID won’t dampen Lower Mainland woman’s Halloween spirit

Langley’s Tanya Reid posted video offering suggestions of how trick-or-treating might look for her

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Most Read