Tree Stories

Marking the first anniversary of Hurricane Fiona

In a poignant tribute to the resilience of Prince Edward Island’s communities and natural landscapes, the Tree Stories event is set to take place at Beaconsfield Carriage House in Charlottetown on September 23.

The event is organized by Tree Stories, a grassroots initiative dedicated to preserving and celebrating the natural heritage of PEI, in collaboration with the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. 

As Tree Stories founder Stuart Hikcox explains, “This Spring, the new artistic director of the Victoria Playhouse, Johanna Nutter, asked for my help. As a fellow tree hugger, she asked if I could find three personal stories about how the loss of trees during post-tropical storm Fiona affected Islanders. Her plan was to highlight these stories as part of the broader program for the Tree Hugger’s Ball at the Playhouse in August. I embraced the challenge, and instantly had a problem. There were too many stories for the Playhouse events. 

“I decided to embark on a new mission—spend the summer seeking out people to hear and publish their stories of loss and recovery, and to discover how Fiona made them feel. Treestories.ca was born.”

This event brings together a meaningful and impactful space for reflection, dialogue, and community engagement on the first anniversary of Hurricane Fiona.

At its heart, the event seeks to share and highlight the stories of trees lost in the storm, as well as the profound impact this loss had on individuals across the Island. It aims to facilitate a transition from mourning and loss to a collective commitment to restoring the natural beauty of the Island and strengthening its communities.

The event is free to the public and will feature participatory art projects, interactive displays, and engaging presentations centered around the themes of restoration and community unity. 

Islanders are invited to come together, share their stories, and embark on a journey of healing, restoration, and renewed hope. Through the power of collective action and creativity, the aim is to create a stronger, more resilient Island community for generations to come.

“Every story I hear quickly pivots from grief to confidence,” says Hikcox. ”If you have a tree story, please visit the site to share.“

Visit treestories.ca to share tree stories and learn more about the initiative. Follow @heritagepei for event updates.