Save the Oak Trees at 195 Silver Birch Ave

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The new owners of 195 Silver Birch Ave. have severed the lot and are proposing to build two large houses—causing removal and injury of the red oak trees on this property. Their previous applications have been refused by the City of Toronto in June 2016, and subsequently refused by Ontario Municipal Board in October 2016, but the new owners have submitted slightly revised applications in March 2017, and are still proposing removal and injury of these healthy, mature trees. 

The new owners propose that tree #4 be completely removed, and trees #1, #2, #3 and #5 be injured by construction activities consisting of either removing part of the crown and/or injuring root systems for foundations.

From the arborist report: "...Damage to trees is cumulative and usually irreversible once it has occurred. There are very limited options to improve the health of trees damaged by construction, and these may be ineffective in any case. Mature trees do not respond well to large disturbances..."

A group of neighbours have been involved in efforts to save these irreplaceable trees that provide the shade and clean air to everyone in the neighbourhood, and we need your help. Please consider signing this petition to be delivered to our City Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon. The Committee of Adjustment hearing is scheduled for August 9th.

More information:

  1. 2017 Committee of Adjustment Applications: North House, South House
  2. Urban Forests: The Value of Trees in the City of Toronto (TD Bank, 2014)
  3. Shade for Kids: It's About Our Children's Health (Evergreen, 2006)
  4. Urban Trees: Their contribution to Climate Change Adaptation (Clean Air Partnership, 2007)
     


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