Life as a street tree can be tough

Healthy trees offer countless environmental and health benefits while also bringing beauty and nature into our neighbourhoods.

Toronto has approximately 600,000 street trees which grow in the harshest of urban conditions. They face a multitude of stresses such as limited soil and water, sidewalk salt and bicycle locks, which challenge their long-term health and survival. Stressed out trees can’t provide us with the same environmental benefits as healthy trees. 

Beyond environmental benefits, healthy street trees also:

  • make the streetscape green and beautiful
  • offer pedestrians shade on hot summer days
  • attract more shoppers and more frequent shopping visits
  • foster a sense of community


Simple acts of stewardship go a long way to help our street trees thrive. Additional care and protection from the local community can significantly increase tree survival, especially for trees that are newly planted.


The Adopt-a-Street-Tree program encourages and guides community tree stewardship, helping the city’s most vulnerable trees grow to their leafiest potential so that Torontonians may enjoy the numerous benefits that a lush urban canopy provides.


This program is currently funded (in part) by a grant from Live Green Toronto, a program of the City of Toronto, and by the Canadian Tree Fund


Adopt-a-Street-Tree Projects 

In 2015, LEAF and the City of Toronto (with funding from TD Green Streets) supported an Adopt-a-Street-Tree pilot project in the Danforth East community (Woodbine Ave to Victoria Park). Learn more about the Danforth pilot here.

In 2016, LEAF and the City of Toronto (with funding from Live Green Toronto and the CanadianTree Fund) are supporting further development of the Danforth pilot and are supporting an additional Adopt-a-Street-Tree project in the Bloordale community. Learn more about the Bloordale project here

Another great example of street tree stewardship is Bayview Buckets, established in 2011 by Tree Tender graduate, Helen Godfrey. 

In addition to these LEAF-supported projects, there are numerous community groups that have initiated street trees stewardship projects in their communities. 


Adopt-a-Street-Tree Manual

LEAF and the City of Toronto have developed an Adopt-a-Street-Tree manual to help guide and support communities with an interest in caring for their local street trees.

Volunteers Opportunities:

We are always looking for volunteers to help with our Adopt-a-Street-Tree projects! To get involved or to get more information, contact erin[at]

Adopt a tree and help it flourish:

To find out how you can adopt a street tree, email erin[at]