If you have or know of a white or red spruce or balsam fir with the following characteristics we want to hear from you:
This year's tree is a 45 foot (14 metre) white spruce located in Jordan Bay, Shelburne County and belongs to Paul and Jan Hicks, Lake Road. The cutting ceremony will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, November 13.
The 2011 Boston Tree was cut on November 15, 2011, in Central Argyle, Yarmouth County.
• See more pictures from the 2011 cutting.
This year's tree was donated by Ken and Donna Spinney.
The tree-cutting ceremony included students from three Yarmouth County elementary schools, a town crier declaration and a storytelling and poetry presentation about the Boston tree. Provincial and municipal government representatives and RCMP, in ceremonial red serge attended.
The tree was be cut and lowered onto a flatbed truck bearing a large, blue sign that reads The Nova Scotia Tree for Boston.
The truck will leave after being loaded to board the ferry at Digby. After it crosses the Bay of Fundy, it will continue through New Brunswick and the U.S. to Massachusetts. Elementary students and all Nova Scotians will be able to track the truck's progress online through website updates.
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.
Click here for more information on the Halifax Explosion.
For more information on the Boston Tree, download the brochure.
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.
Children watch as the 2011 tree is prepared for transport.