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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  • Private Property

    by Trent , about 2 months ago

    Hi,

    I’m just going to remain objective here. Regardless if I want to leave trees or remove them, on my property, it is my right to determine what stays and goes. I pay plenty of taxes and I purchased this property for my family and I. It is mine. If I want to remove a tree, I do not see how some nosy neighbour has any right to tell me that I can’t.


    This is a very dangerous and intrusive conversation as far as I am concerned. What I do on my property as long as it isn’t hurting someone... Continue reading

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  • Mulock farm

    by Anton, about 2 months ago

    We have to protect trees! For example area along Yonge street in Newmarket. 

    It’s, all most, don’t have green zone, only buildings and plazas. 

    More cars, less fresh air around.

    Let’s make like this, cut tree, grow new one! 

    Don’t cut without permit!

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  • Shoart Term gain and Long Term pain

    by Icare, 2 months ago

    The future is being sacrificed in the interests of developers who currently buy lots in mature areas, tear down existing affordable houses and clear cut to make it easier to build their large houses and keep their businesses going. It is ironic that the federal government is undertaking to finish planting the 50 million trees pledged by the former provincial government, in order to do something about climate change, but the Town allows the removal of trees. All you have to do is pay some money and you have permission to remove trees in a Designated Woodlot. The health benefits... Continue reading

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  • Trees in Newmarket

    by Glenn, 3 months ago

    Protection for trees in Newmarket that exist already is great!

    That said I see the town of Newmarket planting trees that will never exceed 3-5m in hight. Yes this is appropriate in certain areas. That said we need to focus on planting trees that will achieve an treed canopy that will be 20m in hight. These are the pieces that will consume up to 10gal of weather a day, lower summer temperatures by 2-3 C.

    New developments need to have a by-law that forces the planting of NATIVE TREE spices in a minimum of 50% of the yards.

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  • A Slippery Slope

    by new1, 3 months ago

    No, this by-law is not right. Private property is private property.

    I love and have planted thousands of trees. I am the 5th generation of my family to live in the town and I grew up in the old part of town. The trees are wonderful and most people do not cut them down; instead, they work hard to maintain them. I do not see a problem that requires the removal of private property rights.  

     This is still a free country and your property is yours. If someone wants to decrease their own property value by cutting down their... Continue reading

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  • Preserve mature trees

    by Green Trees, 3 months ago

    When I was a child, I loved to gather the keys from the maple trees on our property.  I would throw the keys up in the air and watch them turn into mini helicopters as they fell to the ground!  I treasure these memories.

    I am a resident of Newmarket.  I am very worried about some of my fellow residents cutting down mature trees on their properties.  We need to preserve as many trees as possible.  Mature trees offer many benefits to us, including helping to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, thus helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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  • Plant as many trees as possible

    by Teresa Porter, 4 months ago

    Trees play such an important role in the environment, providing shade in the summer, shelter for small animals and a vital home for birds.  In this time of climate change emergency, trees are one of the most important ways to draw down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as well as helping to provide flood control and mitigate soil erosion.

    We are fortunate in Newmarket to have many mature trees, and I do believe they must be protected from indiscriminate cutting.  On private property, there may be a valid reason to remove a tree that is encroaching on utility lines, or... Continue reading

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  • Protection of Mature Trees a Priority

    by CAT131, 4 months ago

    Old Newmarket is a very desirable place to live primarily because of its beautiful mature trees and expansive tree canopy; yet I continue to be dismayed when new home buyers and developers are so quick to remove the very thing — trees — that make this area so desirable and special.  Ideally, I would like to see ‘old Newmarket’ designated as a heritage conservation district where its healthy, old-growth trees are fully protected on both private and public properties.

    The two grand old oak trees on my property in the Park Ave - Beechwood area are what sold me on buying... Continue reading

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  • Protect our mature trees

    by fran bazos, 4 months ago

    We attended the Climate Change workshop put on by York Region this week and were pleased that Climate Change is on the minds of town council. However, the focus was on how to deal with Climate Change and not on how we can do our part to slow it down or even better, stop it.

    Many of us residents of Newmarket/Aurora and also East Gwillimbury, expressed alarm at the number of old-growth and mature trees that are being razed by developers in a clear-cut fashion when doing new construction/developments.

    This has got to stop! Trees are needed to ensure land... Continue reading

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  • without Permission

    by Pearcethomas, 5 months 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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