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August 29, 2019

The land development corporation that is the City of Ottawa has decided that “missing middle” will be a jewel twinkling brightly in its new Official Plan. The city will allow densification to extend beyond the inner core where it has flourished for the last decade. Thr...

May 17, 2019

When is the best time to plant a new tree? Yesterday. 

Residential streets in Kitchissippi Ward are losing hundreds of mature trees due to intensification and the trend to huge footprint builds. Buck the trend by using your tax dollars to get Ottawa city staff to p...

May 9, 2019

Imagine the stress you’d experience if both sides of your property were reverberating with the sounds of whining wood saws and thudding hammers, for months on end. Imagine all the vehicles on the street. The dust. The toxic chemicals that float around when 70-year old...

May 9, 2019

Trees are falling like autumn leaves. This odd but apt metaphor emerges from what I'm seeing and hearing this spring in Kitchissippi Ward. 

Here are four snapshots of recent tree losses. All are egregious and point to the dismal denuding of tree canopy in this ward. Yo...

July 1, 2018

Too many of us know about lost trees in the city of Ottawa. As many as 80,000 ash trees have died due to a tiny green insect. In the urban core, infill development begins by clear cutting almost every tree on a property before putting lots of green into the pockets of...

June 1, 2018

A  group of neighbours living on Roosevelt Ave. is thrilled that Catherine McKenna, the M.P. for Ottawa Centre and the Minister of the Environment (all rolled into the same person) and Jeff Leiper, municipal councillor for Kitchissippi Ward, will visit their new creati...

December 22, 2017

On December 21, the earth began to turn its face toward the sun again. This spectacular photograph by Don McVeigh, who lives in Champlain Park neighbourhood, depicts a sun halo captured at sunset during yesterday's winter solstice. It's as though the sky is hugging mas...

October 23, 2017

The roar of Ottawa’s biggest highway, the 417, accosted 50 people who gathered Sunday afternoon for a Walk with BIG TREES at the southern tip of Hampton Park.

But within minutes of entering the park on a leaf-strewn path, the highway’s noise was no more. Trees did...

September 17, 2017

Our friends at the Champlain Oaks project have good news to share.

Four of the 40  large bur oaks in Champlain Park neighbourhood are being honoured as heritage trees on National Tree Day (Sept. 27, 2017).

Details of the honouring event and profiles of the trees appear...

September 7, 2017

UPADTE, Sept 23, 2017: The film is now available on DVD.

If you hug trees, you must watch this documentary. It chronicles tree activist and botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger's love affair with forests of all kinds, including urban forests.

A resident of eastern Ontario, B...

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Centenary Elm

October 24, 2019

Lost Trees of Ottawa

October 21, 2019

Get ready to mitigate the "missing middle"

August 29, 2019

Discovery Walks aim to protect Hampton Park

July 20, 2019

Plant saplings to replace BIG TREES in front yards

May 17, 2019

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BIG TREES of Kitchissippi is a citizens' group with reps from 9 community associations and volunteer-run groups in Kitchissippi Ward:

The Champlain Oaks Project,

Volunteer Gardeners of Claire Gardens Park,
Wellington Village Community Association,

Westboro Community Association,

Civic Hospital Neighbourhood

Westboro Beach Community Association,

Champlain Park Community Association,

McKellar Park Community Association, Hampton-Iona Community Group

We care about protecting the healthy, mature trees that are increasingly being destroyed due to large-scale infill housing.


We urge city staff and politicians to support and enforce two by-laws that relate to trees on municipal and private property.

We invite citizens to get involved in advocating for protection of healthy, mature trees in Kitchissippi Ward. 

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