Thursday, November 21, 2019
Nature Trees in the Aurora Heritage Conservation District

Trees in the Aurora Heritage Conservation District

Few years ago when I made a stopover the St. John’s Sideroad and Leslie Street area I have noticed a line of marked trees with a number on the metal tag, I thought it meant some kind of protection for the tree. I was wrong, it only meant that the tree was counted. These trees belonged to the former Lundy family who lived on the North East corner. A year later when I came back, the trees were gone. This is how easy it is to remove trees for development, and in this case they were removed for widening of the St. John’s sideroad.

So here is a thing. Any site that is going to under go major development or roads town tree bylaw does not apply. Some builders will preserve few old trees and build a park around them. Otherwise, they are going to be all cut. Lastly did you know that all trees in the Aurora Heritage Conservation District are considered Heritage Trees and cannot be removed.

Old Aurora Library Demolition | Photography by Anna Lozyk Romeo

Tree Preservation, NorthEast-Old-Aurora: ‘The expanded mandate of the Ontario Heritage Act which enables municipalities to consider the preservation of aspects of Cultural Heritage Value permits municipalities to regulate the cutting of trees on private and public property as part of the district plan. The introduction of an enhanced tree preservation program to support the objectives of the plan may be considered by the municipality.”

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