A greener Or­léans

Hun­dreds of new trees to be planted in east end

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts cather­ine.kitts@tc.tc Twit­ter @catkitts

Hun­dreds of new trees will be planted by the City of Ot­tawa, in Or­léans, to help en­hance streetscapes, an­nounced Cum­ber­land Ward Coun­cil­lor Stephen Blais, ear­lier this week. "Trees re­ally com­plete a com­mu­nity," said Blais. "In ad­di­tion to in­creas­ing prop­erty val­ues, they help im­prove air qual­ity – and as some­one who suf­fers from asthma I know first­hand how im­por­tant that is." Be­gin­ning Oct. 1, more than 200 trees will be planted in the Cum­ber­land por­tion of Or­léans. Th­ese trees are be­ing planted to re­place trees dam­aged by rab­bits as well as ad­di­tional fo­liage through the City’s Trees in Trust pro­gram.

Tress in Trust needs help from city res­i­dents

Cur­rently, the City’s Trees in Trust pro­gram is look­ing to find suit­able lo­ca­tions for street trees. Street trees are avail­able by re­quest on a first come, first served ba­sis.

The pro­gram ap­plies only to homes with street frontage - the space be­tween prop­erty line and the road­way. The prop­erty owner must then pledge to as­sist with the proper tree care – such as wa­ter­ing - for the first three years of the tree’s life. The City says it will pro­vide in­struc­tion.

Trees will be a min­i­mum size of 50 mm di­am­e­ter, or two to three me­ters in height. There is, how­ever, a limit of one tree per sin­gle fronting house­hold or two trees per cor­ner lot.

There is also pro­gram cri­te­ria for the Trees in Trust pro­gram which must be met by the pro­posed lo­ca­tion.

"The Trees in Trust Pro­gram is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to en­hance their com­mu­nity by re­quest­ing city owned trees to be plant­ing along road­ways," added Blais. "At no cost to the home­owner, a tree can be in­stalled along the City right of way – we sim­ply ask the res­i­dent to as­sist with the proper care of the tree."

For in­for­ma­tion on how to ap­ply to the Trees in Trust pro­gram, con­tact the of­fice of Coun­cil­lor Stephen Blais at 613-580-2489

Photo: Pro­vided

Cum­ber­land Ward Coun­cil­lor Stephen Blais an­nounces the ad­di­tion of at least 200 more trees to the east end of Ot­tawa.

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