Today, the City of Mississauga relocated seven Pyramidal English Oak trees to the centre median on Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., west of Promontory Cres. The Hurontario St. Pyramidal English Oak trees have been part of the City’s temporary Public Art program for the last three years. Led by the City’s Forestry team, the trees were moved from the centre median on Hurontario St., north of Matthews Gate to prepare for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.
“Trees play an important role in our community including mitigating stormwater runoff and reducing environmental impacts. We are taking every effort to ensure those trees that can be relocated continue to benefit our community,” said Jessica McEachren, Manager, Forestry. “We will be monitoring the status of the newly replanted Pyramidal English Oak trees to gain a better understanding of what’s needed to successfully relocate and protect other trees on the Hurontario St. centre median.”
Additional trees along the Hurontario St. centre median will be relocated in spring 2018 to prepare for LRT construction.
“To accommodate for the LRT, some trees along Hurontario St. will be removed and/or relocated where possible,” said Joe Perrotta, Director, Hurontario LRT Project Office. “We’re looking for opportunities to enhance the tree canopy along the boulevards and committed to removing as few trees as possible. Where trees have to be removed, they will be replaced in a sustainable manner. Mature and healthy trees not impacted by construction will be protected in accordance with the City’s Forestry standards.”
The Hurontario LRT will bring 20 kilometres of fast, reliable, rapid transit to the cities of Mississauga and Brampton along the Hurontario corridor. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 and anticipated to be completed in 2022. For more information about the Hurontario LRT, visit metrolinx.com/HurontarioLRT.