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City to prune municipal trees and shrubs

November 21, 2017 -

The City of Kingston is pruning its trees and shrubs ahead of the winter.

"Just like homeowners, we prune trees to ensure their health and keep them from becoming a safety hazard," says Troy Stubinski, operations manager, public works.

The City is responsible for trees and shrubs in its road allowance, in parks and on other public property. Trees and shrubs may be pruned to:

  • Remove deadwood.
  • Maintain the tree's structure and health.
  • Prevent interference with roads/sidewalks where trees on private property have grown into the road allowance. Property owners will be informed ahead of pruning.

Trees may be removed if they pose a risk or cannot be healthily maintained by the City. Removed trees will be replaced – sometimes in a different spot depending on infrastructure.

Pruning locations

Residents in these areas have received notices telling them to watch for pruning crews:

  • AREA #1: North end from Kirkpatrick Street south to Concession Street between the Novelis property and Division Street. Affected streets include: Kirkpatrick, Ruskin, Oak, Brant, Kingscourt, Victoria, Cameron, Fifth, Seventh, Hillcrest, Barbara, Arthur, Lorne, Welsh, Fourth, Fifth, Dorrance, Alfred, Third, Dunkirk, Carleton, Guy, Grey, Fergus, First, Connaught, Macdonnell and Leroy Grant.
  • AREA #2: East end from east of Highway 15 and Innovation Drive south to Rose Abbey Drive to Dalgleish Avenue (bordered by Butternut Creek Trail). Affected streets include: Greenwood Park, Rainbow, Draper, Bluffwood, Cyprus, Cottonwood, Cheryl, Walters, Margaret, Nora, North/east side of Rose Abbey, Brooke, Lotus, Jasmine and Fieldstone. (Freeman, Morin and Magnolia were pruned in 2016.)
  • AREA #3: East end from the south/west side of Rose Abbey Drive (east of Highway 15), Dalgeish Avenue south to Grenadier Park  and west of Highway 15 from Kingston Frontenac Public Library to Medley Court. Affected streets include: Rose Abbey (southwest side), Shelia, Molly McGlynn, St. Martha, Greenless, Quarry Pond, McCallum, Maureen, Honeywood, Laura, Dalgleish, Donald, Fieldstone, MacLean, Fireside, Gore, Richdale, Buckingham, Regency, Chartwell, Grenadier, Bonny, Deering, Windfield, Barker, Loradean, Point St. Mark, Bernadette, Kenwoods, Limeridge and Medley.

Residents in these areas may notice orange barricades up where crews will be working and are asked to not remove or park in front of these barricades. Some residents may receive notices requesting that they move to move a vehicle to allow crews to prune without causing avoidable damage.

Maintenance of the City's urban forest of approximately 38,000 trees is guided by the Urban Forest Management Plan and the Tree Bylaw. The City has made it a priority to double its tree canopy by 2025.

For more on the Urban Forest Management Plan, see: www.CityofKingston.ca/UrbanForest.

To see the Tree Bylaw go to: www.CityofKingston.ca/Bylaws.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

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Media contact: For more information call the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.