Daniel Buckles

Veteran Trees

Owen Clarkin is an Ottawa naturalist and longtime admirer of the craggy Bur Oak and other “veteran trees” such as Rock Elms and Bitternut Hickorys that once dotted the landscape along the Ottawa River. He will be joining us as a blogger shortly,  so watch for some interesting stories and photos to come. In the meantime, he has given me permission… Read more →

CFB Rockcliffe bur oak

CFB Rockcliffe bur oak

  This massive bur oak at the former CFB Rockcliffe base dates back well over 100 years, according to local naturalist Owen Clarkin (left). Iola Price (right) is one of various champions trying to ensure this and other distinctive trees on the property (owned by the federal government through the Canada Lands Company) are protected during the planned development (more… Read more →

Urgent Tree Alert - 121 Northwestern Avenue

Urgent Tree Alert – 121 Northwestern Avenue

I was out enjoying this beautiful afternoon today when I came across evidence of serious risk to several City trees at 121 Northwestern, pharmacy and plans under discussion to remove a City tree that the developer had agreed to protect. The issues seem to be twofold: A bur oak planted in the median by the City several years ago has… Read more →

Beyond Sir Issac Newton

Beyond Sir Issac Newton

England’s National Trust protects historic places and green spaces in the UK, for sale including the apple tree at Sir Issac Newton’s home in Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire that is said to have inspired his theory of gravity. Is this the yardstick against which Ottawa’s heritage trees are to be measured, approved or do we have our own natural and human… Read more →