There are ten tall trees on the boulevard in front of our house. Eight of them are cedars topping out well over sixty feet. And although it gives a nice forest-like feeling, because they're to the south of us they pretty well block out the sunlight for most of the day. The large arbutus and the cedars are here to stay because they're protected trees in this municipality but it occurred to me that we might be able to get the spindly maple tree in the middle taken down to let a bit more light into the yard. So the head arborist for Saanich paid us a visit and informed me that because the tree is healthy it cannot be removed. Saanich's policy is to preserve all trees--and that the homeowners' desire for light is not a factor for them at all.
He was pretty adamant about the maple tree however he did agree to send out his crew and cut back a few of the dead branches on the arbutus and the cedars that were interfering with the power lines. I don't know if it will make any difference to the sunlight but I have my fingers crossed.