WEST CARLETON – The COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t stop the City of Ottawa’s tree planting program, it could only slow it down.

The program which usually runs in the spring, will now happen this fall according to Coun. Eli El-Chantiry.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Ottawa’s Forestry Services’ spring 2020 tree planting season was postponed,” El-Chantiry released in a statement today (Sept. 8). “I’m happy to report the fall planting program will run and is scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 21, weather permitting, until mid-November.”

Planting program information can be found at Ottawa.ca/forestry. This will include tree planting in parks, at city facilities and along streets.

“Note this information is what is planned, but cancellations/changes can typically occur,” El-Chantiry said. “Where a tree planting is scheduled on city property adjacent to a residence, individual notifications will be provided to the resident in advance of planting. Residents should also expect to see utility locate flags and paint on the ground prior to planting.”

Trees are scheduled to be planted on: Cavanagh Drive, Cricket Crescent., Dominion Springs Road, Dunrobin Road, Galetta Side Road, Grey Fox Drive, Old Almonte Road, Ridgeside Farm Drive, Sixth Line Road, Thomas A. Dolan Parkway and Wildmeadow Circle.