What makes Colwood a unique and special place to live? One big reason is the City's natural assets—easy access to the ocean, acres of parks, trails, and open spaces, and lots of trees.

Trees provide services with real value

Trees improve air and water quality, prevent soil erosion and flooding, offer shade to control temperatures and conserve energy, attract wildlife, birds and pollinators, increase property values, and make neighbourhoods healthier, more beautiful, and more enjoyable. These services are costly when they need to be man-made, but trees provide them all free of charge.

Which trees are protected in Colwood?

  • Arbutus (2m or greater in height OR 4cm or greater in diameter)
  • Garry Oak (2m or greater in height OR 4cm or greater in diameter)
  • Pacific Dogwood (2m or greater in height OR 4cm or greater in diameter)
  • Pacific Yew (2m or greater in height OR 4cm or greater in diameter)
  • Douglas Fir (30cm diameter or more)
  • Grand Fir (30cm diameter or more)
  • Big Leaf Maple (30cm diamter or more)
  • Western Red Cedar (30cm in diameter or more)

AND

  • any tree greater than 60 centimetres in diameter at chest height or more
  • a retained tree identified on a tree protection plan
  • a replacement tree identified on a tree replacement plan
  • a wildlife tree.

Removal of up to 5 trees per calendar year requires a permit, a site plan showing trees to be removed, and replacement of trees at a ratio of 1:1.

Removal of more than 5 trees per calendar year requires a permit, a tree management plan by a qualified person, replacement of trees at a ratio of 2:1, and a security deposit.

How were residents involved in creating the bylaw?

In November, 2017, Colwood Council took two steps toward protecting trees from unnecessary removal in Colwood:

  1. Adopted an Interim Urban Forest Bylaw that is similar to bylaws in most communities, and
  2. Created a citizen Task Force to review and refine the bylaw to make sure it works for Colwood.

The Urban Forest Task Force met ten times between January and April, 2018 and presented their recommendations to Council on April 9, 2018 (view the April 9th minutes and video).

Read more at www.colwood.ca/Trees