Town saves 400 trees on StickwoodWalker site
NEWMARKET, Ontario, September 21, 2005 In keeping with its commitment to environmental protection and enhancement, the Town of Newmarket recently hired Douglas Wood Large Tree Services to remove and replant approximately 400 trees on the Stickwood-Walker property.
Town Council is strongly committed to the environment and preserving our natural heritage whenever possible. It was important that we took action to ensure the trees escaped damage or possible destruction as a result of development, says Mayor Tom Taylor.
Approximately 300 trees varying in height from three to 15 feet will be in place along the southern border of the property by October 15. An additional 50 trees will also be replanted on the property in the spring around the future storm water management pond (tree planting areas indicated in green on map). The remaining 50 trees will be replanted on other Town properties.
Its a win-win for everyone. Not only are the trees saved, but the residential areas located south of the property gain a natural barrier that will continue to grow over time, continues Mayor Taylor.
The 90-acre Stickwood-Walker property was purchased on March 27, 2003. After extensive public consultation, Council voted in favour of a land use plan that will see over 53.5 acres retained by the Town for the construction of the community centre, the preservation of the Stickwood-Walker farmstead and retention of green space.
The Town is also retaining two lots for Habitat for Humanity and sold approximately 23.58 acres for residential development to offset costs. As part of the terms of sale of the 23.58 acres, Menkes Homes Inc. agreed to contribute $1000 per lot for the construction of community trails outside the residential area on the Stickwood-Walker property.