Ice storm brush cleanup complete in residential areas

Guelph, ON, May 15, 2014 – Brush cleanup from December’s ice storm is now complete in Guelph’s residential areas.

All park play and high traffic areas are now cleared. A few park areas remain to be addressed. These areas were too wet to access, and this work will be completed as soon as conditions improve.

“It has been a tough winter for the City’s Forestry crew, and we are happy to have completed the majority of the ice storm brush cleanup,” says Martin Neumann, manager of Forestry. “We can now resume the work of trimming, stump removals, and tree replanting resulting from the earlier storms of April and July 2013.”

Report tree hazards by using the “How can we help you?” section on or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the street address where the tree is located.

The City’s storm-related forestry activities remain prioritized as per the following phases:

  1. Remove highest-risk hazards: branches hanging over hydro wires, near critical facilities, or blocking roadways or driveways.
  2. Address blocked sidewalks.
  3. Clear community trails and high-traffic park areas.
  4. Remove marked trees, clear boulevards and parks, and prune City trees.
  5. Grind up remaining tree stumps and plant replacement trees.

Phase 1, 2 and 3 of the December ice storm brush cleanup are complete, with some areas such as secondary trails and lower-traffic park areas still requiring some work. It is anticipated Phase 4 will be wrapped up by late 2014. The timing of Phase 5 will be based on Phase 4 completion and is estimated to occur in spring 2015 at the earliest.

For more information

Martin Neumann
Manager of Forestry
Public Works Department
519-822-1260 extension 3337