Free workshop to focus on tree pruning

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A free workshop this Thursday will offer tips on how to properly prune trees ahead of the fall season.

Led by certified arborist John Buttrell, participants will take a 1-mile walk while getting hands-on experience pruning young street trees in Vancouver’s Cascade Highlands neighborhood. The workshop will gather at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Southeast McGillivray Boulevard and Southeast Briarwood Drive.

Trees should be pruned to allow eight feet of clearance over sidewalks, and 12 feet of clearance over streets, according to the city. Pruning can also protect trees from stress, sun scalding or death in some cases.

The event is part of TreeTalk, a series of free workshops put on by the city’s Urban Forestry division. Participants should bring hand pruners and gloves to this week’s workshop, which is expected to last from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.