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Soil retaining system helps urban trees reach maturity

Insights and Resources, Urban Development

by Eric Keshavarzi, R.V. Anderson Associates Limited


The West Don Lands streets are the first in a Toronto subdivision to be designed with this system installed under parking lay-bys and sidewalks. One notable sustainable component, utilized in the design is a soil retaining system called Silva Cells™. Typical urban trees in the city core die after approximately seven years. However, Silva Cells help extend their life spans, thus promoting the growth of mature street trees.

Published in the May 2013 issue of Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine.