Tree Maintenance 

The City takes responsibility for all trees on City property.  That means that some regular maintenance is required in order to keep people & property safe.  Tree maintenance is organized and scheduled in direct proportion to public safety.  Trees along roads and in busy areas and adjacent to hydro lines will receive more maintenance than trees in parks and woodlands. 

We have three (3) Parallel Maintenance Programs for tree safety:   Hydro maintenance, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) removal, and Work Orders.

Currently, three (3) arborists at the City perform tree inspections and organize all the required work to be done.  All required work is completed by contractors.  Our current tree maintenance contractor is Davey Tree Expert Company. 

Hydro Maintenance

This is the systematic pruning of all trees adjacent to hydro lines on every street in the City. It takes a few years to prune all the trees in Brantford for adequate clearance.  By the time we've pruned all the trees once, the first trees will require pruning again.

Emerald Ash Borer

This is the removal of all ash trees from City streets and parks due to the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) - a beetle that feeds on and destroys ash trees.  Almost all ash trees have now been removed from City streets, but replanting and stumping efforts will continue over the next few years.  Ash tree removals in woodlots and natural areas will also be addressed in the next few years where they pose a risk to trails, private property and/or buildings.  More information on Emerald Ash Borer can be found at:
http://www.brantford.ca/residents/family/Trees/emeraldashborer/Pages/default.aspx 

Work Orders

Work Orders respond to requests from residents concerning trees - usually in front of their homes. Sometimes issues come up that can't wait.  If you have a concern such as: 

  • safety concern
  • dead branches
  • dead tree
  • low branches
  • bug or disease problems
  • you want a new tree
  • any other tree question

Call Parks & Recreation 519-756-1500, Extension 5544 or use myBrantford to report your concern.  We can answer many questions over the phone. 

  • If we can't solve your problem over the phone, we'll make a Work Order so a Certified Arborist can inspect the situation. 
  • We inspect work orders in priority sequence.  That means if you're request doesn't sound dangerous, it will take us a while to respond.  Although we would like to get to you sooner, our priority is safety and some issues require immediate attention. 

We balance both of these programs based on safety priority.  We really appreciate all the calls we get each year from concerned citizens with questions about their trees.  We love to see people interested in trees!