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Kanata couple reach compromise over veggie garden

07/10/2015 04:19 EDT | Updated 07/10/2016 05:59 EDT
An Ottawa couple who'd been told they'd have to rip up the wooden structures around a small garden they'd planted next to the sidewalk in front of their home has reached a compromise with the city.

Shannon Lough told CBC Ottawa Friday that she and her partner, Will Needham, will only have to remove the first foot (30 cm) of plants near the sidewalk.

Lough said that the agreement struck with the city "feels like a little victory."

'Not really into the confrontation'

"I know a lot of people were rooting for us to just protest to the end of the month," said Lough. "[But] I'm not really into the confrontation. I just, you know, didn't really know the rules. And I'm happy that we get this compromise."

The vegetable and herb garden, built by Needham, sits on a wooden planter on their front lawn in the Kanata neighbourhood.

It features strawberries, bok choy, lemongrass, peppers and other plants.

The couple had been told to remove the planters from the garden to comply with the city's use and care of roads bylaw, which states that, for safety reasons, people can't build hard structures up to the curb.

Bylaw officers originally gave Lough and Needham until July 30 to tear up the structures, after a neighbour complained.

Lough now says she and her husband will move the plants that are closest to curb to another spot and fill it in with mulch.  

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