Tree nursery says provincial cuts will force it to destroy three million trees

One of the main nurseries for an Ontario tree planting program that's being cancelled by the province says it now has to destroy about three million trees because of the cutbacks.

Ed Patchell, CEO of Ferguson Tree Nursery in Kemptville, Ontario, says he can't afford to run the nursery and maintain all the trees that are in various stages of growth.

He says if he doesn't have a potential client to buy the trees, then he can't afford to keep putting money into it.

Patchell says it's cheaper to destroy the trees at a young age than it is at the ship age.

Plus the move would save him carrying the costs.

Last month the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry announced the cancellation of the 50 Million Tree Program.