EnviroCrew volunteers will be set up near the parking lot in Windsor Park from 1 to 6 p.m at OSCA’s Fall Fest, Saturday, October 14, 2023, collecting items to reduce household waste. Items for collection are: You’ll also receive information on how to recycle dozens of other household waste items. Or just stop by and chat. We’d love to meet you and hear your ideas about reducing waste, helping the environment, addressing climate change.
With yet another ice storm behind us, it was nice to walk through the neighbourhood, to be reminded of the trees that are continuing to thrive and be introduced to our rich tree diversity. On April 22, 2023, tree expert Owen Clarkin led us for almost two hours, yet we barely touched the surface of what trees exist in OOS west of Bank Street.
Jackie Pothier thoughtfully circles the burly bur oak with its leafy branches and thick, grooved bark. The tree, an impressive 17 metres tall and around 170 years old, its base ringed with ferns, hostas and geraniums, anchors Bellwood Parkette’s round shade garden just north of Cameron Ave. Pothier’s eyes rove the canopy. Two high-up, massive limbs are braced with a cable, but that’s been there for years. Her gaze is drawn instead to several smallish dead or dying branches: do they signify a problem? Is the tree struggling?
The City is developing a dedicated Trees and Forests Outreach and Engagement Strategy to enhance existing programs and incentives and create new opportunities for the community to further understand and care for its trees and forests. The strategy is a recommendation of the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan.
With yet another ice storm behind us, it was nice to walk through the neighbourhood, to be reminded of the trees that are continuing to thrive and be introduced to our rich tree diversity. Tree expert Owen Clarkin led us for almost two hours, yet we barely touched the surface of what trees exist in Old Ottawa South west of Bank Street.
A heated debate on improving air quality.
After a late start in 2021, the Enviro Crew’s Tree Team put in a full summer of tree assessment in 2022 and has now surveyed over 900 trees in our neighbourhood. Seven teams, including over two dozen people, have been doing this work and are eager to continue. We’re aiming to cover at least 25% of Old Ottawa South and we’re halfway there.
Twice a year, thousands of residents help keep our community spaces clean and green through Cleaning the Capital and you can join them by registering for the spring 2023 campaign!
If you have been active on the Old Ottawa South or Being Neighbourly Facebook groups lately you may have seen my posts surrounding the Brewer Pond Renaturalization Project Report that I wrote on behalf of the Enviro Crew of Old Ottawa South. In this article I will be discussing one of the aspects of the report, the re-naturalization of the trails around Brewer Pond.
In June 2022, Dr. Andy Kenney (professor emeritus at the U of T School of Forestry, and author of the Neighbourwoods Inventory) kindly came to Old Ottawa South to host another successful tree workshop. This gathering was to learn the basics on planting trees.
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