London

Up to 203 street trees could get the axe in the Forest City this year

As many as 203 trees could get the axe this year to make way for urban infrastructure renewal projects, according to a new London city hall report.

The city will replant 300 to 400 trees on reconstructed streets each year

Trees stand in a row on the boulevard of Euclid Avenue in London's Wortley Village, one of 14 streets where trees have been identified for removal for streetscape refurbishment in 2020. (Colin Butler/CBC News)

As many as 203 London trees could be felled in 2020 to make way for streetscape renewal in neighbourhoods across the city, according to a new report. 

The city hall report released ahead of Tuesday's civic works committee meeting looks at a number of streetscape renewal projects and whether trees that line the areas being rebuilt could be spared without compromising construction efforts. 

Arborists analyzed 878 trees along 21 streets scheduled for improvements and found 175 trees would have to be removed, with another 28 that may have to be removed. 

Of the trees that would be required to be removed, 108 are considered large trees and have trunks of more than 30 cm or 12 inches. The other 67 trees are considered small, according to the report, with a trunk diameter of less than 30 cm. 

Of the trees flagged for possible removal, 13 are considered large and the other 15 are considered small. 

The report states that after construction is complete, the city's forestry operations department typically reviews the number and species of trees on the street and replants new trees according to city guidelines. 

The city says it typically plants 300 to 400 new trees on reconstructed streets each year. 

PROJECT NUMBER OF TREES ASSESSED REMOVAL REQUIRED POSSIBLE REMOVAL REQUIRED
Richmond Street (York to Dundas) 5

0 large

5 small

0 large

0 small

Britannia Street (Riverside Drive to Edinburgh Street)

Tozer Avenue (Woodward Avenue to Upper Street)

148

7 large

5 small

0 large

0 small

Egerton Street (Ormsby Street to Cameron Street)

Trafalgar Street (Egerton Street to Price Street)

Hamilton Street (Egerton Street to Hydro Street)

27

7 large

0 small

0 large

0 small

Devonshire Avenue (Wortley Road to Cathcart Street)

Murray Street (Dunkirk Place to Iroquois Avenue)

118

7 large

2 small

0 large

0 small

Euclid Street (Wharncliffe Road to Wortley Road)

Birch Street (all)

70

8 large

2 small

2 large 

1 small

Hyla Street (Traflagar Street to Hamilton Road)

Elm Street (Trafalgar Street to Hamilton Road)

68

2 large

5 small

0 large

1 small

Churchill Avenue (Winnipeg Boulevard to Edmonton Street)

Winnipeg Boulevard (Churchill Avenue to Wavell Street)

Wavell Street (Vancouver Street to Winnipeg Bouelvard)

141

7 large

1 small

10 large

10 small

Spruce Street (Haig Street to Wavell Street)

Haig Street (all)

72

5 large

0 small

1 large

2 small

Chippendale Crescent (all)

93

39 large

8 small

0 large

0 small

Dundas Street (Adelaide Street to Ontario Street) 38

4 large

34 small

0 large

0 small

Watson Street (all)

* Does not include tree impacts in Watson Park

2

1 large

0 small

0 large

0 small

Maitland Street/Regent Street 

- watermain chamber

1 large

0 small

1 large

0 small

Renny Crescent (all) 88

15 large

10 small

0 large

0 small

 

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