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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...

October 20, 2017

Sunday promises to be a gorgeous day, so plan to spend some of the afternoon in beautiful Hampton Park with BIG TREES, starting at 1:30 p.m. We will finish our walk by 3:30 p.m.

Details: Hampton Park Tree Walk –Meet near the wading pool, at the parking lot off Parkview...

October 13, 2017

Results from a Canadian study show that people live longer when they are surrounded by urban trees and greenery. 

The study... highlights that the way we design our communities can have a profound influence on residents' health: "The potential reach is huge in term...

September 23, 2017

BIG TREES of Kitchissippi is hosting two outdoor walking events, open to all, in October 2017. Celebrate the season and our big trees by learning more, talking to experts, and meeting other tree enthusiasts.

October 15, 2017 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Champlain Park Tree Walk...

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...

August 1, 2017

The errands of daily life recently took me along Workman Ave. in the Westboro Beach neighbhourhood. This enclave, west of Island Park Drive and north of Scott Street has a large number of bur oak trees, as does Champlain Park neighbourhood, home of the Champlain Oaks.


July 8, 2017

Is Chapter 2 in the catalpa tale a catastrophe? Or is it an example of people doing the best they can to mitigate the hard realities of construction equipment on the roots and branches of a living tree? 

You decide whether the catalpa tree I wrote about on June 28...

June 28, 2017

From half a block away, the fragrance of a mighty catalpa tree beckons.

I am walking on Carleton Ave. in Champlain Park, and as I approach the catalpa, I cringe. Construction fences and temporary street signs alert me to the possibility of trouble. Our neighbourhood ca...

June 27, 2017

Although Montreal is bigger, it seems to be excelling at making the urban landscape greener than Ottawa does.

A member of the Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital, Ann Coffey, recently wrote:

"Every time I go to Montreal, I find new patches of green, new biodiversity


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Centenary Elm

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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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