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It’s time for you to migrate to our NEW website

Please visit and bookmark the new Champlain Oaks website. It is located at a NEW address: champlainoaks.net. Problems with the former website may mean you cannot read this detailed blog post. It offered you a clickable link. Therefore, you need to go manually to champlainoaks.net. Only the NEW website will be active in the coming weeks. It’s taken more than… Read more →

Heritage bur oak bursts its britches

Heritage bur oak bursts its britches

The plaque affixed to a heritage bur oak at 218 Keyworth Ave. has been torn from its moorings by the vigorous growth of a heritage bur oak tree. “The plaque has been pushed out of its screw and the tree has also grown around a metal bird feeder hook,” said Gillian Peters, who lives on the property with a 180-year-old… Read more →

All homage to the heritage red oak in North York, Toronto!

All homage to the heritage red oak in North York, Toronto!

The City of Toronto has agreed to buy a residential property, remove a house, and create a new public park at 76 Coral Gable Drive so a magnificent red oak tree can live for another 100 years. 14 years. That’s how long it took Edith George to convince the city of Toronto to take this bold move, which may be… Read more →

Heritage Elm on Parliament Hill

Heritage Elm on Parliament Hill

Learn about the heritage elm tree at risk on Parliament Hill What: Public event to hear about the unique features of a heritage elm tree at risk on Parliament Hill When: Sunday February 10, 2019, 2:30 p.m. — 3:20 p.m. Where: Elm tree located east of Centre Block on Parliament Hill Who: Representatives of the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital and Owen… Read more →

Take back the streets

Take back the streets

Recent discussion on community forums about the destruction of trees on James Street in Centretown highlights the sad history of Ottawa Hydro’s insensitivity to trees in mature neighbourhoods, and poor arboreal practices. Similar incidents have happened in recent years in Kitchissippi, including in Champlain Park. This year alone we lost three trees on one street because past pruning of the… Read more →

National Tree Day with our neighbourhood's Grade 3 students

National Tree Day with our neighbourhood’s Grade 3 students

As we’ve been doing since 2012, and with support from the Champlain Park Community Association, the Champlain Oaks project will plant trees on National Tree Day with students from St. George Catholic Primary school. National Tree Day (originated by Tree Canada) is Wednesday, Sept. 26. It happens right in the middle of National Forest Week, which Ecology Ottawa has decided… Read more →

Tree Action Now: New Website

Here is what you can do to get Tree Action Now. This new website, sponsored by CAFES and others, brings together three strategic actions: 1. Use the Lost Trees of Ottawa site to map trees lost to natural or human causes, and share a photograph or personal memory of the lost tree. Also, share the map with your neighbours, friends and community groups… Read more →

Mapping the Lost Trees of Ottawa

Mapping the Lost Trees of Ottawa

Go to the Map. Residents of Ottawa have witnessed and lamented the loss of 50,000 ash trees on city property alone destroyed due to an impact of climate change: the steady northern advance of the Emerald Ash Borer. Untempered intensification in the urban core is destroying front and back yard trees and dramatically reducing space for new trees. Wind and ice storms have… Read more →