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Some large Brandon elms removed for new sidewalk

23.08.2019 09:02
By: Harry Callaghan

Councillor Shaun Cameron says they wouldn't have survived the work

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - Some residents of a block of 27th street in Brandon were not happy to see some large elm trees come down this week to make way for sidewalk reconstruction.

Area councillor Shaun Cameron says unfortunately their root systems were too shallow.

"When the old sidewalk does come out it creates an issue where the tree maybe loses some stability, or it causes some issues with the root bed and the tree's ability to survive", he says.

While it's always heartbreaking to see a decades-old tree come down, Cameron says the city will replace them with more mature saplings that have a better chance of taking root. He says the idea is to maintain the character of the neighbourhood.

"The one that is interesting with a lot of the ward is there is a lot of older-growth elm trees that are quite established in the curbside, so it's something that moving forward I think as a city we need to be cognizant of the fact that we want to maintain the integrity of the trees and still get the work done," he says.

Cameron says there's more construction scheduled for the ward in the future, but that work likely won't impact any trees.