Announcement: Big Trees of Kitchissippi

6 02 2018

This is an announcement from Big Trees of Kitchissippi:

Approved by city council in June 2017, the municipality’s Urban Forest Management Plan mandates a review of its 2009 Urban Tree Conservation By-law.

This by-law is important because Part III of the by-law purports to “conserve” larger trees on private property in the urban core. Recommendation #9 (PDF) from the UFMP describes the broad scope of an upcoming by-law review slated to begin this year.

When the city begins its official review of the by-law, it may convene public consultations. Let’s be ready to share our views on how this by-law can be better.

Come to a public meeting to develop and discuss citizen-led changes to the by-law. The meeting will offer participants a chance to be part of a focused discussion aimed at teasing out the issues and vision that we, as residents of the ward, have for the by-law.

When?  Saturday, March 3, 2018 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where? Champlain Park fieldhouse, 140 Cowley Ave.

It will be crucial to communicate the list of suggestions we produce to our ward’s councillor, Jeff Leiper. At the March 3 meeting, we’ll also talk about how do that.

Mark your calendar, and plan to attend this event on March 3.



Walk With Big Trees: October 15 and 22

2 10 2017

BIG TREES of Kitchissippi is hosting the following events in October. Additional information is available on their website here.

BIG TREES of Kitchissippi is hosting two outdoor walking events, open to all, in October 2017. Celebrate the season and our big trees by learning more, talking to experts, and meeting other tree enthusiasts.

October 15, 2017 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Champlain Park Tree Walk – Meet at Champlain Park fieldhouse, 149 Cowley Ave.

On Sept. 27, four bur oaks in Champlain Park neighbourhood were named as heritage trees by the provincial group, Forests Ontario. On our first Walk with Trees, you’ll visit these 4 heritage trees and learn what makes them special. Plan to identify at least 3 other tree species common in Kitchissippi Ward as we move between the bur oak locations in Champlain Park neighbourhood.

Your hosts for the walk are local residents involved in BIG TREES of Kitchissippi and in the Neighbourwoods tree mapping project that’s active in Champlain Park, as well as the Champlain Oaks project. They will invite a discussion on how to protect mature trees from a two persistent pests: insects and the effects of human activity!

In case of drizzle, we will proceed with the walk. In case of heavy rain, we will move inside the fieldhouse at Champlain Park.

October 22, 2017 1:30 to 3:30 pm – Hampton Park Tree Walk –Meet near the wading pool, at the parking lot off Parkview Road, which can only be accessed from Kirkwood Avenue, via either Buell St. or Sebring Ave.

Join us for a guided Walk with tree enthusiast and master tree identifier Owen Clarkin. What species are the trees in Hampton Park? How old are they? How are they doing? Owen will share his wealth of knowledge about trees, and stories about what makes these particular trees so fascinating and important.

Forest therapy guide Andrea Prazmowski will be on hand to talk about the benefits trees provide, and their value in Ottawa’s urban environment.

For the final part of the session, we’ll have a Q & A session with tree enthusiasts who live in Kitchissippi Ward. Find out how you can get involved in protecting and planting trees — for today and for future generations.

In case of drizzle, we will proceed. In case of heavy rain, please meet at Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive.

At this event, we’ll collect donations to cover costs associated with Owen’s time.

Second Annual Clare Gardens Park NERF BATTLE!

26 12 2013

Friday, December 27th
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

All ages are welcome to bring Nerf guns and see which battalion can capture the flag. Mark your bullets with three initials for easy identification. Eye gear is recommended for the youngsters.

See you in the park!

Organized by:
Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park and Westboro Community Association

Second Annual Clare Gardens Park Trim the Christmas Tree

4 12 2013

Sunday, December 8th 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


We have the donated tree lights and the goodies. You bring your family, friends and a tree ornament.

Together, we’ll have some fun dressing up our little “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree and singing Christmas carols.

If you can, help us spread the cheer by bringing a toy for Toy Mountain.

Meet us at the little pine tree near the stage.

See you in the park!

Volunteer Gardeners of Claire Gardens Park


Clare Gardens Park Mulch Move – Come and participate!

20 09 2013

The Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Park need your help!


The City of Ottawa has generously donated a really large pile of mulch to top dress the park’s garden beds. We need volunteers to help us move the mulch. The mulch helps keep the weeds down, protects tender roots over the winter, regenerates the soil and keeps moisture in the soil. We need this stuff.

Here’s the details for the community mulch move:

Day: Sunday, September 22, 2013

Time: 9:30 am till 1 p.m

Tools to bring: Shovels, racks, wheelbarrows (please put your name on tools)

If you don’t have tools don’t worry. Give whatever time you have to donate. All help is welcome.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Volunteer Gardeners of Claire Gardens Park

Clare Gardens Park Design Plan

9 05 2013


The plan for Clare Gardens was done by Ann Coffey, who is an Evergreen Foundation consultant.

Ann specializes in creating garden designs to encourage children to become more curious and comfortable with nature. All the plants in this area will be plants that are native to Eastern Ontario. The paths will be made with stone dust to ensure that the “To Where the Wild Things Are” garden is accessible for everyone.

Building on last year’s park celebration play, “The Legend of Clare Gardens Park”, the new wild garden is meant to provide a nice environment to lure the Clare Gardens Park fairies back to their original home.

For more details on the plan and it’s objectives, please review the following:

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WCaA Presentation

Clifton Road Neighbours Cleaning the Capital

8 05 2013

Here are some pictures from the Clifton Road Clean-up Crew

volunteering their time during the Spring Cleaning the Capital campaign.

Now that’s teamwork!


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