What an incredible month of May it has been here in the city. We experienced the beginning of the month feeling like mid-November to one of the hottest spring months on record by the end. It truly has been a wonderful month watching our city turn green again!
This month I thought I would take a moment to discuss how green Ottawa really is and what this city is doing to care for our trees and rejuvenate our capital. Today the Ottawa Citizen reported that Homeowners in Ottawa's urban core will now have to pony up a $100 application fee for the right to remove a large tree from their own property, if the city considers the tree "distinctive."
The article goes on to further explain that “The city's urban tree conservation bylaw, which dates back to 2009, defines distinctive trees on private property less than one hectare in area as those with a diameter of 50 centimetres at chest height.”
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One point worth mentioning is that developers building within the green belt will now be required to submit a disclosure form detailing the number of trees on the property, and which ones they plan to remove. Those Developers will also have to pay a refundable deposit of $700 per lot, or the average cost to plant one new tree and maintain it for two years. This is a great green initiative to help save trees in the city core and continue to keep Ottawa one of the greenest cities in Canada!
Recently, we removed a tree and hired a great company to help take care of it, they were insured, fast and friendly, so if you need a tree removal company consider using R.C. Harper’s Tree and Property Service Inc. 613-238-4056, rcharperstreeservice.com.
If you are interested in learning more about various green initiatives check out this link to the city of Ottawa website for great resources within our city, province and national organizations.
Thank you again for your continued support and I wish you all a wonderful Green Spring!