The Township of Centre Wellington is committed to protecting and maintaining our municipal trees. Trees provide natural benefits and improve the look of parks, cemeteries, roadsides and boulevards. The Township is responsible for trees on municipal property only.
Staff have completed the Draft Public Forest Policy. The goal of the Public Forest Policy is to enhance the condition of public trees and the quantity of public tree canopy cover in the Township.
Public Works undertakes tree planting and tree maintenance annually. If you wish to have a tree planted on a piece of municipal property (boulevards, roadsides etc.) adjacent to your property, contact the Public Works department and they will review the request.
Centre Wellington participates in the County's Green Legacy program
Trestle Bridge Trail Tree Planting
On Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. the public is invited to assist in the planting of trees along the Elora Cataract Trail.
Where: Elora Cataract Trail beside Southridge sub-division in Elora, between Bridge Street and Reynolds Drive. We will meet at the Southridge playground area.
Purpose : to plant 300 native trees and shrubs that will enhance our community and increase the green belt. Children and families will learn more about the importance of our physical and natural environment.
Day of: Please park at the Southridge Community Playground (across from the south Elora weather tower) or on Bridge Street. We ask that you sign in at the Centre Wellington tent on the grounds of the park. Participants will receive a brief orientation about tree planting from several of our local horticultural experts. Planting will occur in several locations in close proximity to the trail.
All ages and experience levels are welcome. Please bring a shovel and 5 gallon bucket if you have one.
Dress : appropriate for the weather. We will plant in a light rain though not a severe thunderstorm. Ensure that you have good sturdy footwear, and gardening gloves if possible.
Green Legacy Day
Saturday, April 21 from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Centre Wellington Public Works, 7444 Wellington Road 21, Elora
The Township is a proud supporter of Wellington County's Green Legacy tree give-away program. Residents are invited to the Centre Wellington Public Works Garage (located across from the Grand River Raceway) for the free trees as part of the Green Legacy program. Donations to the Food Bank of Centre Wellington will be accepted.
Tree Trimming and Removal
Public Works will evaluate any potentially unsafe, dead or diseased tree on municipal property and recommend a specific course of action. If one of these trees is near a home and requires removal, the resident will be notified. However, if the condition of the tree requires immediate action, the Township is authorized to immediately remove the limb or tree at their discretion. Trees will be trimmed if they are blocking signs or signal lights.
Annual Leaf Pickup Program
The Infrastructure Services Department will be picking up bagged leaves only (utilizing paper leaf bags), in Elora, Salem and Fergus beginning November 6 to November 24. Please place bagged leaves within one metre of the road edge. Leaves raked to the curbside or bags that contain sticks, wood or other waste will NOT be picked up. Backyard composting is another option to yard waste disposal.
Bagged leaves may also be taken to Gerrie's Garden Centre at 7646 Colborne St. Elora for a nominal fee. Brush, limbs and sticks can be taken to the Belwood Transfer Station. Garden waste, potted plants, pumpkins etc., can be taken to the Belwood or Elora Transfer Station.
Tips for Compost and Mulching
The Infrastructure Services Department encourages, where possible, mulching leaves with a mower. Valuable nutrients will be returned to the soil in a form that can be used by plants. Spreading the mulched leaves in flowerbeds will help prevent frost from damaging sensitive perennials.
Leaf composting is also encouraged. Using standard composting methods, add layers of alternating green (green leaves and plants) and brown materials (dried leaves and plants) to your compost pile and layer with garden soil or compost. In the spring, you will have a nutrient rich supply of compost to use on your lawn and garden.
Using mulch and compost in your garden and flowerbeds will help conserve soil moisture and will return nutrients to the soil providing beautiful gardens that will require less watering and maintenance.