Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Tree Law makes Trees a Shared Problem

Cutting down a shared tree or trimming branches without your neighbour's approval could now be a Criminal Act, landing under the Provincial Forestry Act. Which subsequently may cause many of the Province's tree-protection bylaws to be rewritten.

The removal of a tree from the border of one's property now requires the consent of both neighbours, something that may cause a few more headaches for property owners. A tree can now become common property simply because it grows too large.

Instances where both neighbours could not come to an agreement over the fate of their shared tree, led to arguments heard in Ontario Superior Court. 

Find out more on the case below: