August 10, 2017

Cranbrook, BC (August 10, 2017) – Ensuring good visibility and safety for both pedestrians and drivers is behind the City’s call to residents and businesses to please look after and maintain trees and shrubs along sidewalks and on street corners.

Overgrown hedges and low hanging tree branches in many areas across the community are blocking vehicle sightlines at some intersections and crowding sidewalks for people on foot or using mobility devices.   Under the City’s Streets and Traffic bylaw, residents are to make sure that all trees and shrubs are properly trimmed and cut back, so they don’t cause any physical obstruction or visibility issues to pedestrians or drivers on the sidewalks or streets, especially at intersections.

It is also important for residents to remember that they are responsible for trees on their own private property.  If you have concerns around safety and potential property damage should a tree come down, you are encouraged to have a professional arbourist assess and remove those trees.  For information about professional arbourists, please check the yellow pages.  To check the accrediation of an arbourist before you hire them, please visit any of these websites: or Please note that not all arbourists or companies will have their names registered.

When it comes to neighbourhood trees, it is important to talk to your neighbours and talk about any sightline or safety concerns.   Be sure to also review your home insurance policy around damage to property or adjacent properties sustained from falling trees or other tree debris like branches.

The City is committed to the safe mobility of our residents and visitors either on foot, on bicycle, using mobility devices or in vehicles.  By keeping sightlines clear and unobstructed through maintaining trees and shrubs, we can continue to keep our streets safe and accessible.

If you find any overgrown trees or shrubs on City owned property which may be causing visibility or safety issues, please call us at 311 or use our new 311 app, take a picture of the issue and report it to us.

Download any of the documents below for information and guidelines to caring for your trees.  

Why Hire An Arborist?
Recognizing Tree Risk
Why Topping Hurts Trees
Pruning Mature Trees
Avoiding Tree & Utility Conflicts

Information is provided by the International Society of Arboriculture.

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