Tree Planting & Removal
A healthy urban forest is of high importance to the City. Staff manage approximately 33,000 public trees, on 300 kilometres of boulevards and in over 130 parks and open spaces.
Our urban trees provide public health and social benefits, improve air quality, absorb rainwater during storms and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in our environment. The regular inspection of existing public trees is a critical component of the overall management of the urban forest.
Guided by the Urban Forest Master Plan, our arboriculture team develops plans that involve identifying areas for planting new trees to expand the inventory, as well as identifying existing trees that are at the end of their healthy life. Removing unhealthy trees reduces safety risks and opens up space to plant new, young trees which will grow into our future urban forest. Each member of our experienced team of arborists holds a Tree Risk Assessor Qualification through the International Society of Arboriculture.
Trees in Cities
Planting more trees in urban areas holds a considerable potential to tackle effects of climate change. The United Nations has invited mayors around the world to join the Trees in Cities Challenge by making a pledge to plant trees in their city. The City of Victoria was the first city in Canada to join the pledge and we are working with the community to plant 5,000 trees on public and private land. Learn more about the Trees in Cities Challenge.
Annual Tree Maintenance Program
In spring 2021, 121 City trees were identified as dead or in severe decline and requiring removal following inspection by our arborists. Removal of any tree is always a last resort. Treatments that may potentially extend the life of a tree, such as pruning or partial removal of trees that effectively mitigate risks are always considered first. The City's practice is to plant a replacement tree when a tree must be removed, with consideration given to species that will have the best chance for success given a particular location, including the species of the removed tree.
These trees will be removed this winter and replacement trees will be planted starting in spring 2022. A map showing the location of each of these trees is available here.
What You Need to Know
- Tree removal notices will be posted on trees, 10 days before any planned removal.
- Immediate neighbours will also receive notification.
- Please ensure that vehicles are not parked under or across from the tree during the removal process. We appreciate your cooperation in observing no parking signs should they be placed on your street prior to the removal of the tree.
- The wood produced will be left on the boulevard in manageable sizes pieces for residents to take, on a first come, first serve basis.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve the health of our urban trees.
Removal or Pruning of Private Trees
Would you like to request the removal or pruning of a private tree? Click here to read more about our Tree Preservation Bylaw.
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