When it comes to protecting trees in Niagara-on-the-Lake, residents are vigilant and concerned, especially when they see trees being taken down.
In the past week, The Lake Report received several queries from residents concerned about trees that were being removed by a professional tree service on private property near the western end of the NOTL Golf Club.
The house there is well-known in town as it was once the home of the late Donna Scott.
It turns out that the current owners of the property at 486 Queen St., who purchased the home for $3.1 million in June, did everything by the book, according to a Town of NOTL spokesperson.
The town has strict rules about tree removal, even on private property.
“There were four ash trees that were infected with emerald ash borer and one silver maple which was hollow and deemed hazardous by a certified arborist,” said town official Beth Audet.
The removal of all five trees was approved by town heritage planner Denise Horne and an arborist report has been submitted from a certified arborist, Audet said.
* Talk of the Town is an occasional feature about issues that NOTLers are talking about.