Kanata couple reach compromise over veggie garden

Shannon Lough and Will Needham say they're happy they'll only have to move the first 60 centimetres of their garden that touches the sidewalk after reaching a compromise with the City of Ottawa.

Shannon Lough and Will Needham strike deal with city that 'feels like a little victory'

Shannon Lough and Will Needham were originally told by a bylaw officer that they'd have to remove part of their front yard garden by July 30 after a neighbour complained. (Matthew Kupfer/CBC)

An Ottawa couple who'd been told they'd have to remove the wooden structures around a small garden they'd planted next to the sidewalk in front of their home has reached a compromise with the city.

Shannon Lough told CBC Ottawa Friday that she and her partner, Will Needham, will only have to remove the two feet (60 cm) of plants near the sidewalk.

Lough said that the agreement struck with the city "feels like a little victory."

'Not really into the confrontation'

"I know a lot of people were rooting for us to just protest to the end of the month," said Lough. "[But] I'm not really into the confrontation. I just, you know, didn't really know the rules. And I'm happy that we get this compromise."

Shannon Lough said the compromise reached with the city "feels like a little victory." (CBC)
The vegetable and herb garden, built by Needham, sits on a wooden planter on their front lawn in the Kanata neighbourhood.

It features strawberries, bok choy, lemongrass, peppers and other plants.

The couple had been told to move the planters from the garden back by about two metres to comply with the city's use and care of roads bylaw, which states that, for safety reasons, people can't build hard structures up to the curb.

Bylaw officers originally gave Lough and Needham until July 30 to pull up the structures, after a neighbour complained.

Lough now says she and her partner will move the plants that are closest to curb to another spot and fill it in with mulch.  


  • An earlier version of this story indicated that Shannon Lough and Will Needham would have to move the first foot (30 cm) of the garden that comes up against the sidewalk. In fact, they have to move the first two feet (60 cm).
    Jul 10, 2015 6:40 PM ET


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