After a flurry of media reports, an upwelling of community activism, a "Tree Walk" to highlight the lost trees of Ottawa, and the involvement of several candidates for the upcoming municipal election, the two 100+ year old maple trees on the edge of the Greystone property have been saved. A tweet from the Mayor's office on Wednesday, August 8 stated:
I have directed staff not to issue any permits to take down those two trees. The developer will have to find a way to keep the trees and live up to their original promise to the community
This is great news for the community and for our urban tree canopy. Community Associations, environmental groups and concerned citizens from Old Ottawa East and across Ottawa worked hard on this cause. The community will be reaping the benefits for years to come.
Full CBC story here
Community Comes Together to Celebrate the Saving of the Two Old Maples
The local community, as well as people from across Ottawa concerned about our Urban Tree Canopy, came together on Saturday to celebrate the saving of the two 100+ year old Sugar Maples along the north property line of the Greystone's development. These may well be the largest and oldest sugar maples left in Old Ottawa East. Originally planned as a protest by the Greystones Presentation Centre, it was changed to a Tree Party and moved under the trees after the commitments from the City and Regional Group to work to save the trees.
MPP Joel Harden was there, as well as Mayoral candidate Clive Doucet, and Councillor candidate Shawn Menard. After some words from Clive, the group dug into the celebratory cake and celebrated the support and hard work from across the community.