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New tree plan could be the end for Victoria cherry blossoms

(Photo credit: Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)
Summary

City councillors in the provincial capital have approved a spending increase for Victoria's Urban Forest Master Plan

The plan would see aging trees replaced with native species

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) –┬áVictoria’s trademark cherry blossoms may be lost in a few years as the city goes ahead with a plan to replace aging non-native trees with native species.

City councillors in the provincial capital have approved a spending increase for Victoria’s Urban Forest Master Plan, which one councillor says could result in a loss of a number of flower-bearing trees in the city.

Geoff Young says he’s concerned with the push towards native species at the expense of non-native ones like the city’s famous cherry trees.

But Mayor Lisa Helps says non-native species such as the Japanese cherry trees are among the most affected by climate change.