Guelph, Ont., October 23, 2017 – Starting this week, the property owner of the former LaFarge lands, located at 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South, will begin the first phase of compensation plantings and restoration work in areas adjacent to Howitt Creek.
The work will include:
- removing invasive buckthorn shrubs, including the roots;
- improving the existing soils to help new plants establish and grow; and
- planting new native shrubs and trees.
It is expected the work will take about three weeks to complete, weather permitting.
“We’re working with the property owner to make sure the new shrubs and trees survive on the site,” explains April Nix, environmental planner with the City of Guelph. “We’ll be working with the property owner to monitor the plantings over the next couple of years to ensure the proper care to help the plants thrive and grow.”
The second phase of work will include further soil improvements, plantings and plant care in areas along the northern railway berms once they are rebuilt. The timeline for the work is unknown at this time.
More than 1,400 plantings are being provided through this phase and in total, more than 3,400 trees and shrubs will be planted. Financial compensation was also provided to the City to help plant trees in other areas of Guelph at the time the tree permit was issued this past July.
The City is asking the public to stay outside of the work zones and not to disturb the new plantings.
The property owner removed trees from the site this past summer to get the site ready for future development. No specific development or site plan application has been submitted to the City.
For more information
April Nix, Environmental Planner
Planning, Urban Design and Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 2718