A resident of Durand recently contacted me about extensive tree-cutting on a property near the escarpment. She learned, after contacting the City, Hamilton does not have an urban tree-cutting bylaw or urban forest management plan. An urban forest advocate has told me that Hamilton is sometimes used as an example of what not to do for urban forest management at Ontario conferences. This is not something to brag about.
We are losing some of our tree canopy because of storms and disease. On the small block where I live on Caroline, we lost four trees due to storms or disease over the past four years, and only one has been replaced. The street looks bare because of this loss of tree cover. The good news is that you can get a free tree! Yes, the city will supply and plant a tree in an appropriate spot — you just have to contact them at the link below. If a tree is planted on your property, you will need to take care of it for a couple of years (this year has been hard on trees, even mature specimens), but the tree will reward you with shade and added value to your house.
We are going to be talking extensively about character in the Durand for the next year or so, and street trees are a big part of the character in this neighbourhood — part of our natural heritage as our beautiful architecture is our built heritage. Consider having a tree planted on your property. Go to the handy web form here