Three trees to be axed in city
A row of mahogany trees on a North Hamilton street are to be cut down by the City of Hamilton.
The three trees on Elliott Street in North Hamilton have to go because their roots have damaged sidewalks, roadways and private properties.
Steven DeSilva, the city parks superintendent, said: “Following the guidelines within the policy we have in place, there is clear and definitive reasoning that supports the removal of the three specimens.
“Any root pruning would have to be drastic and would ultimately lead to tree failure and could pose a greater toppling hazard in high winds.”
A spokeswoman said the trees will be replaced as soon as possible, with tree grates and a root guard system installed to prevent property damage.
The uprooted trees will be milled and used to make furniture.
Mr DeSilva said: “The three trees scheduled for removal will serve a second purpose, most likely as tables or benches in our City parks, to be enjoyed again by the public.
He added: “The removal of a mature city tree, indeed any tree for that matter, can be a very sensitive issue.
“Removal is undertaken as a last resort after every possible solution is carefully considered.”