Trees Please Hamilton

Green Solutions to Air Pollution

Lets identify the spots

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Hey Folks, during a recent walk around the block in Beasley neighbourhood I found some excellent opportunities and examples of Urban Forestry potential.

Double side walks have an excellent potential for street trees. The walk next to the road can be modified to either open pit plantings, or flexible sidewalks that accommodate root development.

There are examples of open pits ready for planting, I imagine at one time there may have been a tree in these types of spots. It may be utility access which city locates will help clear up.

Parking lots need tree islands like the ones displayed in the health sciences lot off Barton street. When they mature they will provide excellent shade for cars, and reduce the urban heat effect. Open pit plantings reduce storm water run off from hard surfaces by allowing water to defuse into the ground. Particularly important for the large hard surfaces found in parking lots.

Help me identify more spots in the downtown core! Lets start with the no-brainers! Open green spaces that need shade and increased aesthetics!

Andrew Avsec

 

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Author: treespleasehamilton

A project of the Hamilton Naturalists' Club and Environment Hamilton. Funding by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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