Urban Forest Management Strategy

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Trees lining a street in a residential neighbourhood

Help shape the future of Surrey's urban forest.

We are preparing a city-wide strategy to provide clear direction for the future management of our urban forest. We want to hear what you think.

What is the urban forest?

It is all of the trees and other vegetation in the City, on public and private land. It includes trees in parks, on boulevards, and on private residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial property.

The urban forest offers environmental, social, economic and health benefits. It also faces many challenges, including climate change, urbanization, and invasive pests and diseases. Surrey is growing and developing, supporting Metro Vancouver's Regional Growth Strategy. As we grow, it is important for the City to define a sustainable approach to urban forest management.

How can you help?

Throughout this process, please share your thoughts and ideas with us and with others in the community. We want to understand what role you want the City to play in improving, protecting, and maintaining the health of our urban forest, and how you can help.

Input from a diversity of voices throughout the City is important and will result in the most appropriate solutions.

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Trees lining a street in a residential neighbourhood

Help shape the future of Surrey's urban forest.

We are preparing a city-wide strategy to provide clear direction for the future management of our urban forest. We want to hear what you think.

What is the urban forest?

It is all of the trees and other vegetation in the City, on public and private land. It includes trees in parks, on boulevards, and on private residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial property.

The urban forest offers environmental, social, economic and health benefits. It also faces many challenges, including climate change, urbanization, and invasive pests and diseases. Surrey is growing and developing, supporting Metro Vancouver's Regional Growth Strategy. As we grow, it is important for the City to define a sustainable approach to urban forest management.

How can you help?

Throughout this process, please share your thoughts and ideas with us and with others in the community. We want to understand what role you want the City to play in improving, protecting, and maintaining the health of our urban forest, and how you can help.

Input from a diversity of voices throughout the City is important and will result in the most appropriate solutions.

  • Monitor this site for activities and updates
  • Stay informed about your community - sign up for the City's newsletter program

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    Residential Trees

    by Inder, 21 days ago
    Having trees in resident areas like homes is nice. There should be some flexible of being able to remove a tree if looks like it will fall down. The current standards for application are too rigid. The city will not take responsibility if a tree falls. The cost falls on to the home owner. Let home owners take down trees and replant 2-3 in its place.
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    Crimean Linden Tree

    by Wendy, about 1 month ago
    CRIMEAN LINDEN trees are what not to plant in Surrey or anywhere! One was planted by the City of Surrey about 25 years in front of our house and on neighbors lawns down our street. The aphids infest it every year and excrete sticky droplets all summer on our vehicles, driveway, rock garden and plants. We have called and have had many City of Surrey arborists, over the years, come out to tell us this tree should have never been planted in a city, they are fast growing and meant for a windbreak on a farm, but because it’s a... Continue reading
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    Any Evergreen Tree especially Cypress

    by kirabay, about 1 month ago

    Too many deciduous trees are being planted by Surrey and wish you would plant more evergreen trees. Existing trees are being cut down for condos/large houses and they are not being replaced adequately. Surrey does not follow up and the trees that were to be saved are gone within a few months.

    Green Timbers is an exceptional park and would like to see a smaller version in the Newton area. Tons of development and little green space.

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    The Douglas Fir

    by The Tree Lady, about 2 months ago
    I feel it is imperative to maintain the essential character of South Surrey and North Surrey also, by saving both the Douglas Fir and Western Cedar wherever possible. This can achieved in many ways. Firstly, maintaining the street trees, (168 north of 24th for example.) Set backs of new developments have been brought far to close to the road, (7 feet) making it almost impossible for the mature 100 foot trees to survive.

    Please don't forget the Rural Designation areas such as Country Woods. Create some laws with teeth in them to keep new house sizes to a proportion that... Continue reading

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    the fight for the trees in peace arch park.

    by proud tree hugger., about 2 months ago

    around 18 years ago, a group called friends of peace arch park got together each week to discuss and do whatever possible to save the beautiful old trees along the peace arch . They were intending to take them down to widen the border to the U.S. these trees meant a lot to many, not just to the people who loved and visited and walked this park daily. i am proud to have helped save these trees, and especially the one tree at the end of 0 ave and the edge of the park. Its magnificent beauty never fails to... Continue reading

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    When there is a development planned please keep some areas for parks and old growth.

    by mmshu, about 2 months ago
    We need to keep some old growth and plan for more parks.
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    All of them!

    by Smiling, about 2 months ago
    I am a tree lover so I love all of them.
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    Country Roads.

    by Reggie, about 2 months ago

    Along 32nd, just west of KG Boulevard, there are several small acreage holdings. One, on the south side, features a white rail fence. Alongside the fence are several beautiful deciduous trees, I don't know the species, but .... their leaf colours change as the year goes on. Right now, the colour is a brighter fresher green than later on in the summer. In the fall? Deliriously colourful. They are my personal favourites.

    One species of which I'd like to see more? Arbutus. They are native, and unique to the West Coast. They have leaves that resemble rhododendrons in shine and... Continue reading

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    Sylvan Serenity

    by Sally, about 2 months ago
    In the south Surrey urban forest there are many beautiful trees which provide me with a sense of serenity as I enter. Tall sentry guards at the opening of the trail bring to me a feeling of guardianship and strength immediately as I enter the forest world. Welcoming, this sense of calm washes over me as I pass through the trails. Stretching my neck up I experience full wonder as sunlight trickles and splashes over the branches causing the trees to glow in the backlight. For years I have passed through these trails, running, biking, and now walking. I have... Continue reading
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    Boulevard trees make me happy

    by Jules, about 2 months ago
    Last year, some time after road work was completed, the city planted more than a dozen boulevard trees along our street. These were a welcome surprise because our strata had already planted quite a few. Now in between our high rise and the one across the street in City Centre, there is a triple row of trees. The city trees were a bit behind the strata trees this spring, making me think that they had all died. I was sad about that, and then I saw tiny buds, and 3 weeks later the trees are full and amazing. They really... Continue reading