Residents disappointed after north-end Toronto golfing membership cuts dozens of mature bushes – Toronto

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Residents are disappointed with the lack of dozens of mature and more youthful bushes as a north-end Toronto golfing membership has begun tree elimination with permission from the town.

“I was very upset. I mean, I’ve lived in this house since 1984 and I’ve looked out this window 10 times a day,” Donna Leistner, whose house backs onto the valuables, advised Global News.

“This view and these trees are my family – I come home one day and it’s all gone.”

Leistner mentioned dozens of bushes were got rid of at the Donalda Club belongings, positioned close to Don Mills and York Mills roads, with out realize.

“I know this green has always been a problem since they put it in 20 years ago; they can’t keep it dry,” she mentioned.

“Early morning sun is the best sun for the green to keep it healthy. So then I figured, OK, they want these trees all down.”

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Leistner mentioned a neighbour known as her to mention extra bushes had been taken down by way of their belongings. She questions the golfing membership’s want to take away what she describes as “healthy trees.”

The Donalda Club plans to chop down 144 bushes close to the eighth and 16th vegetables. The City of Toronto advised Global News the membership doesn’t require allows to take away bushes below the Ravine and Natural Feature Protection by-law.

However, on this example, the City of Toronto confirms two allows had been issued and there’s a plan for 432 bushes to be planted, all local species.

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“Both applications included a sunlight and air penetration evaluation report to demonstrate that the removal was required in order to meet turf management objectives,” a remark from the town learn.

Global News tried to hunt remark from the Donalda Club more than one instances at the tree-cutting plan earlier than receiving a reaction from membership spokesperson Charles Powell.

“We have a permit for what we have done, and if anyone has any questions, they should contact Bonnie Williams at the urban forestry department,” Powell mentioned.

Meanwhile, resident Laura Kell laments the lack of mature bushes within the neighbourhood.

“We’ll never see those big, beautiful trees again … and I think they’re part of our community,” she mentioned.

“I think that we, as residents of Don Mills, own those trees.”

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