Trees get spring clean up

Annual 10-week campaign tidies up Oak Bay boulevards

Briana Carrasco loads freshly pruned tree branches into a chipper as she trims the trees along Oliver Street.

Briana Carrasco loads freshly pruned tree branches into a chipper as she trims the trees along Oliver Street.

A team of Oak Bay arborists is nearing the end of its annual tree-pruning campaign.

Since January, two staff and three contract arborists have been trimming limbs and branches of boulevard trees in the municipality.

Recently the crew was on Cranmore Road across from Oak Bay High sprucing up the 70-year-old linden trees in that block.

“We put that stretch of road on the schedule because those trees hadn’t been done for seven or eight years and they were getting low,” said Oak Bay’s chief arborist Chris Paul. The team used a bucket truck to reach halfway up the 13-metre high trees.

Each year the arborist team targets a neighbourhood as well as particular streets. In addition to Cranmore Road, this year it was the St. David, St. Patrick and Oliver Street blocks and the poet streets of Chaucer, Byron and Milton that heard the sound of saws and chippers.

During the project, the team did take down a Garry Oak on Oliver that when they started to trim they discovered was completely hollow.

Tree pruning wrapped up on Friday, March 30.

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