Protection of Trees on Private Property

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Trees are a valuable asset to us as individuals but also to the whole community at large. As Newmarket grows it is important to help keep as many trees as possible. We would especially like to keep mature trees since they provide the most benefits and have the most value. Please join this discussion on the value of mature trees and how a tree on your property contributes benefits to all of Newmarket. Feel free to share your opinions on the value of trees in Newmarket and how trees can best serve the Newmarket community.

We want to know: What is the best way to protect trees on private property?

Get involved by:

  • telling us your stories,
  • putting a pin on the map,
  • completing the survey, and
  • sharing your ideas about how to protect trees!



Trees are a valuable asset to us as individuals but also to the whole community at large. As Newmarket grows it is important to help keep as many trees as possible. We would especially like to keep mature trees since they provide the most benefits and have the most value. Please join this discussion on the value of mature trees and how a tree on your property contributes benefits to all of Newmarket. Feel free to share your opinions on the value of trees in Newmarket and how trees can best serve the Newmarket community.

We want to know: What is the best way to protect trees on private property?

Get involved by:

  • telling us your stories,
  • putting a pin on the map,
  • completing the survey, and
  • sharing your ideas about how to protect trees!

Please share with the community your tree story. 

How has a tree impacted your life? Good or bad. 


Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us. This will help inform how we progress forward with the protection of trees on private property

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  • without Permission

    by Pearcethomas, 19 days ago

    Several years ago a neighbour asked for permission to cut the branches from our backyard tree that has branches into his yard.  We agreed that he could trim the branches on his property.  When we returned home from work we found that he had come onto our property (without consent) and had chopped off the branches at the trunk of the tree.  We called the Town and we told that we could involve the Police and that the Town had no Bylaw about trees.  We have many lovely older trees in Newmarket and we need to protect them.  

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  • Habitat

    by Beechwood, 20 days ago

    The trees in our yard are home to squirrels.  The rocks in the garden have chipmunks under them.  The rabbit shelters behind the large bushes and the fox comes through hunting all of the above.  Without the trees we have a sterile environment and little future to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

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  • "Forest Bathing" and Eco-Therapy

    by Lenathor, 6 months ago

    The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.  Forest bathing is basically just being in the presence of trees.  The term "eco-therapy" is an umbrella term for nature-based approaches to healing.  One such approach is spending time around trees.  After a stressful day at work, I find sitting under the trees in my back yard quickly relieves all the tension built up during the day.  Trees are necessary for humanity's survival and yet, according to a study by Yale... Continue reading

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  • Too much of a good thing

    by Paul, 8 months ago

    My neighbour has 2 large Norway Maples planted near our property line. As a result my yard is in constant shade and blocks my view of the sky. While I support controls on tree cutting, I hope any new bylaws would take into account the wishes of the property owner with input of neighbours whose property is shaded or encroached by the tree

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  • Trees

    by LeeFromWard2, 8 months ago

    I want to balance homeowners' freedoms with the benefit of tree coverage. I don't necessarily think that homeowners need to keep any specific trees, however I think if they wanted to fell a one tree, they should be required to plant, or pay for planting, some appropriate number of trees. E.g. maybe a 60 year old treat would require a owner to pay for or plant 3 new trees.

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  • Over Run With Trees

    by Kelly PL, 9 months ago

    We bought a home a number of years ago.  There were 3 larger ergreens and about 5 other trees of varying types.  This is not to mention the many bushes.  We couldn’t walk our backyard without shoes because of the needles and our infant children had to be kept in a blanket because the sap got all over their clothes, hands and knees. We had to remove the majority of the trees as they were too big for the lot. I think the previous owners underestimated how big they would grow or did not intend to enjoy the back yard... Continue reading

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  • No reluctance on Town/Region's part

    by Eric Smith, 9 months ago

    I have noticed no reluctance on either the town, or the region, to cut down trees. I have also seen several trees killed by salt, both on streets, and private property.

    Both the town and the region, make a half baked attempt at re plants, with what I would consider weed trees, which at best, have limited lifespans. They should be replaced with indigenous species.

    I also note that, most of the town's replants, die within a year or two.

    Private property tree removal should depend on several factors. IE blocking sight lines, damaged by ice, wind, etc. But at... Continue reading

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  • Trees on my neighbours' properties

    by bwana, 9 months ago

    I don't have mature trees on my property but I'm happy my neighbours do. Their trees provide needed shade that helps cool my house in the summer and lower air conditioning costs.

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