End of July News

Secondary Dwelling Units

At this week’s city Council meeting, the Council decided to permit secondary dwelling units as of right in all areas of the City including the Near Campus area that we are part of. The vote was 8-4 with Councillors Squire and Turner speaking on maintaining the limitation. Councillors Hubert and Morgan also voted to maintain the limitation. Councillors Usher and Zaifman were absent, and Councillor Hopkins had a conflict of interest and could not vote.
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City budget alert – replanting for ash trees cut in Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest‏

One of the proposed cuts in the 2013 city budget is the elimination of the city’s Emerald Ash Borer program.

http://london.ca/Budget/pdf/33_Capital_-_Elimination_of_Emeral_Ash_Borer_Strategy_Funding.pdf

A number of street ash trees were removed in Fall 2012 in Orchard Park – Sherwood Forest. City staff were asked if the proposed budget elimination would curtail plans to replant the trees that have been cut. The simple answer was – YES.

If you are concerned about this, you may want to write or call (519-661-2500) the Mayor (jfontana@london.ca) and Councillor Branscombe (nbransco@london.ca) to express your point of view. Council begins its debate of the proposed budget on January 24th.

Tree Planting at Furanna Park – Oct 21, 2012

Join ReForest London to plant over 300 trees and shrubs at this north west London park. Thank you to Marcia and David Crockett for sponsoring this project.

Sunday, October 21, 1-4pm
Furanna Park, 100 Wychwood Park

Planting trees is a fun outdoor activity for families and individuals. No experience or volunteer registration is required, but please remember:

  • Be prompt – we’ll teach you how to plant trees at the beginning of the event.
  • Wear sturdy shoes – no sandals or flip-flops please.
  • Wear clothing appropriate to the weather – we plant rain or shine!
  • Bring water – we’ll have a jug to refill your reusable bottle.
  • Bring a shovel if you have one, but we have some to lend you if you don’t.

Secondary students can earn volunteer hours at our events. Don’t forget your forms!

More information is available at www.reforestlondon.ca or by calling 519-936-9548 x222

Ash Tree Removal

The city will begin removing the ash trees on city property in our neighbourhood later this month. Below are links to maps of the area showing which trees are to be removed and which have been treated with the insecticide TreeAzin:

Ash Removal – map 1
Ash Removal – map 2
Ash Removal – map 3
Ash Removal – map 4

The map keys are at the bottom of each page. Fortunately for the streetscape of Orchard Park and Sherwood Forest, there are few ash trees in our neighbourhood on public property.

The work plan calls for trees to be removed, stump removal to come shortly after and replanting to take place in the spring of 2013. The city will replant with Carolinian species such as Hackberry and Tulip Trees except under power lines where ornamental trees like Bradford Pear will be planted. Property owners will be notified when crews will be in the area. Unfortunately, requests for specific trees will not be accepted.

If you have an ash tree on your private property, you may wish to have a certified arborist look at it and advise if treatment with TreeAzin would be effective. It is a treatment that is done over a 10 year period, every two years.

There is some additional information at the city’s web site

City to remove ash trees from city property

This fall, the City of London’s Forestry Operations will be removing ash trees from the neighborhood on city property. Typically these are trees located between the sidewalk and street. Tree removals are scheduled to begin in early September. They plan to replant with different species as close as possible to the location where ash trees are currently located.

For more information click here

Two information sessions are scheduled:

Date: Wed, August 22, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Canada Games Aquatic Centre – main floor meeting room

Date: Tues, Sept 11, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Canada Games Aquatic Centre – mail floor meeting room

The city will not be removing any trees on private property – this is the responsibility of the property owner.