The heritage bur oak at 218 Keyworth Avenue

The heritage bur oak at 218 Keyworth Avenue

Diameter at breast height: 94 cm Estimated age of tree: 180 years old Gillian Peters felt the power of what she calls “the mighty oak” in her front yard even before she and Jeff MacIntosh moved in with their 18-month old daughter. Here is Gillian’s tale of her first meeting with this heritage tree: In September 2001, Jeff and I… Read more →

Forests Ontario to honour bur oaks as heritage trees

Forests Ontario to honour bur oaks as heritage trees

Bur oaks in Champlain Park will be named as heritage trees by Forests Ontario on National Tree Day 2017. Among the approximately 60 bur oaks in Champlain Park neighbourhood, at least 40 are more than 50 cm Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) and thus deemed “distinctive” under Ottawa’s tree protection bylaw for private property.  Of these, 18 are over 120 years… Read more →

The heritage bur oak at 124 Cowley Avenue

The heritage bur oak at 124 Cowley Avenue

Diameter at breast height: 107 cm Estimated age of tree: 180 years In 1957, when Kay and Steve Kot bought the property where they have lived for 60 years, two impressive bur oaks graced the front yard. Back then, the trunks of these twin bur oaks might have been one-third as wide as the remaining oak is today. That would… Read more →

Call of the Forest screenings on this weekend

Call of the Forest screenings on this weekend

Although she lives in Lanark county, Diana Beresford-Kroeger has an international reputation as a scientist and author.  The Bytowne Cinema is screening her documentary Call of the Forest this weekend. She will be at the cinema after the showing on Saturday, April 15. The film’s trailer will entice you, and the documentary itself, which I saw last night, will entrance… Read more →

Planting day

Fostering Forest Succession in Champlain Park

The riverside forest bordering Champlain Park to the west of downtown Ottawa  is an integral part of the community experience. Residents and the Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) have entered into an agreement with the National Capital Commission (NCC) to cooperate in the management of this small forested area between Pontiac Avenue and the Ottawa River Parkway. On Saturday, Sept 17,… Read more →

It's TREE month in Ottawa

It’s TREE month in Ottawa

As deciduous trees show off their colourful leaves and squirrels dash here and there, stashing acorns for the winter, please take time to appreciate what Tree Fest Ottawa has to offer each week at Brewer Park in Old Ottawa South. This month-long festival is a unique feature of life in the city. Tree Fest Ottawa will open its second year of… Read more →

Summary of events at Environment Committee, April 19

Summary of events at Environment Committee, April 19

On April 19,  the city’s environment committee convened to discuss a report on implementation of the urban tree conservation by-law submitted by two city departments on April 12, 2016. Below is a summary of what occurred at that meeting prepared by Erwin Dreesen of the Greenspace Alliance (used with permission). In an acorn shell, here’s what Erwin concluded after the… Read more →

BIG TREES of Kitchissippi wants councillors to reject update on tree by-law

When the City of Ottawa’s environment committee meets tomorrow, it will be looking at a staff report from two departments that citizens from BIG TREES of Kitchissippi are saying has to go back to the drawing board. The Champlain Oaks is one of 10 groups and community associations that form BIG TREES,  and I have been quoted in a press release… Read more →

The best of times or the worst of times?

The best of times or the worst of times?

On the last day of 2015,  here are some reflections on how mature, healthy trees in Champlain Park have fared in the last 364 days. Let’s accentuate the positive by noting that: 1. For the first time ever in Champlain Park community,  city officials (Forestry Services) posted a tree protection sign and mandated that tree protection occur for a large… Read more →