Colwood's urban forest is declining every year, and much of this loss is occurring on private land.

The interim Urban Forest Bylaw was adopted to preserve trees on both private and public property and to assist in growing the City's urban forest.

If you wish to cut or remove a tree on your property, you may require a permit. When trees are removed, replacement trees must be planted in order to maintain and enhance the urban forest.

Be part of a Task Force to review and refine the bylaw.

The City is creating a communityTask Force to review and refine the bylaw over the next three months. Be a part of the Task Force. Find the application at

Why protect our Urban Forest?

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 Colwood neighbourhoods more beautiful and enjoyable. For all of these reasons, trees improve health and wellness and contribute to a high quality of life for residents. 

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