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Forestry

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Did you know that the tree in front of your house may be a City-owned tree?  Maintaining healthy trees is a priority for the Forestry Division. There are approximately 3500 trees located on public land and over 13,000 trees are located on City boulevards. If the City-owned tree adjacent to your home has been inspected and maintenance work is required, an inspection notice outlining works required will be left at your home.

City Tree Inspections

If you feel that the City-owned tree adjacent to your home requires maintenance work or you are concerned about its health, please call the Parks & Recreation office at 519-539-2382, Ext. 4101 or click the link below to report a tree issue.  Forestry staff will inspect the tree and will schedule work based on their findings and the future requirements of the tree.

Report a Tree Issue

City Tree Maintenance

Maintenance work is performed after staff have conducted site inspections and generated work orders to complete tree pruning, removal or other maintenance works. Only trees which are dead, in decline or structurally unsound are removed. In some instances, all City-owned trees located on a street or within a neighbourhood are pruned at one time to ensure proper clearance over the roadway or sidewalk.

Storm Response

During a storm event, Forestry staff responds to calls from residents and emergency services with all calls being prioritized. Trees that are blocking main arterial roads, or have fallen on buildings or Hydro lines are dealt with as soon as a crew can be dispatched. All other situations including broken branches, trees down in parks etc. are dealt with after all priority calls have been resolved.

Depending on the severity of the storm, crews may initially attend a site to make the area safe and then return at a later time to complete the required work.

Request a City Tree

Did you know that you can request a City tree to be planted in front of your residence? The Parks Department - Forestry Division plants trees twice per year, in the spring and fall, depending on species. Tree planting is carried out by a contractor approved by the City of Woodstock.  Please call the Parks & Recreation office at 519-539-2382, Ext. 4101 or click the link below to request a City tree.

City Tree Planting Request

Where will the tree be planted and who is responsible for maintaining it?

The tree will be planted on the City owned road allowance, in the most fitting location to each individual property. There is no cost to the homeowner for planting and maintenance of the tree. The City will perform all inspections, trimming and removals, and will remove the stakes. The City does ask that the homeowner waters the tree during the summer months, for the first 2-3 years. A tree care guide will be provided to each household at the time of planting with detailed tree care information.

Why do we plant trees?

Trees provide many benefits to the urban community, including:

  • Reducing the heat island effect by cooling streets, parking lots, and driveways;
  • Reducing heating and cooling costs by providing shade in the summer, and wind barricades in the winter;
  • Aiding with Storm Water Management through water uptake and retention;
  • Reducing noise pollution and wind speeds;
  • Filtering air pollution;
  • Reducing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen;
  • Providing a habitat for wildlife;
  • Creating a sense of security and a healthier, more beautiful, community. 

What trees are available for selection?

After a tree request is submitted, the Parks Department - Forestry Division will inspect the area of request and deliver to the residence a brochure of trees available for selection. This may take approximately 2-4 weeks after your request has been submitted. Note: The City Arborist will have the final decision regarding all tree selections.

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7

 

Phone: 519-539-1291
TTY: 519-539-7268
Email: General Information

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