Lansdowne Park Heritage Orchard

Lansdowne Park Heritage Orchard
Posted on July 15, 2014 | Erwin Dreessen | Written on July 15, 2014
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Ottawa Citizen

Author's Note:

Author's Note:

A picture accompanying Joan Chianello's column in the print version of the July 14, 2014 Ottawa Citizen recalled the condition the Ministry of the Environment proposed to put on such planting, seeing that it would be on top of a landfill of unknown composition. So I wrote a letter to the editor. As usual, it will likely not be published.

Dear Editor,

Seeing the picture of the heritage orchard accompanying Joan Chianello's column in the print version of the July 14 paper made me wonder what happened after the Ministry of the Environment proposed to put conditions on its Certificate of Property Use. Given the unknown content of the landfill where this orchard would be planted, MOE proposed to require that they be put in planters.

In a comment in October 2012, the Greenspace Alliance suggested that fruit trees in planters would have little chance of long term success. We suggested that an alternative would be to dig out the soil to about five feet.

I wish OSEG or the City would explain.


Erwin Dreessen

Co-chair, Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital

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Ruth McVeigh

I agree - I would like to know the answers to these questions, posed by someone who knows something about trees. I do not want to see money wasted planting trees in soil or in a manner which would lead to them dying in a few years.

tim lash

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