Locals and Langley City councillors got their hands dirty planting new trees. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)

WATCH: Langley’s Hunter Park comes back to life

After a tree disease decimated the park, a new planting effort was held Saturday.

Langley City’s Hunter Park officially reopened on Saturday, with dozens of volunteers working to plant new trees and shrubs to replace those lost to disease.

More than 100 trees had to be removed from Hunter Park due to laminated root rot.

The Douglas firs and hemlocks, around 70 to 80 years old, had to be removed, denuding a vast swathe of the small park located off 45A Avenue just west of 200th Street.

“We managed to retain all of the cedars on site,” said Leah Miller, arbourist and gardener for Langley City.

Unfortunately, the firs and hemlocks won’t be coming back.

The disease can stay in the soil for up to a century, said Miller.

However, that doesn’t mean that new plants won’t arise.

On Saturday, volunteers planted more than 650 new plants, including undergrowth like Oregon grape and ferns, along with more trees including cedars. All the native plants going into the ground are immune to the root rot.

“It will be a forest again,” said Miller.

Members of the Lower Mainland Green Team were out helping to organize the planting, along with Langley City councillors and local residents.

Pancakes were served for brunch by members of the Langley Youth Committee, and doughnuts were for sale as a fundraiser for Youth Week activities.

 

Keith Wallace and his two-year-old grandson Tanner Collins planted a tree. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)

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