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Inspiration, Ideas, and Solutions: Site design for urban tree growth

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Sidewalk
Joris Voeten came from The Netherlands to speak at City Hall and inspire Toronto to improve our urban canopy. Toronto's urban forest should be denser and Mr. Voeten shared some ideas on how we might get there.
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Tree tending in Bloordale

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This summer the City of Toronto has planted several hundred new trees as a part of the remake of Bloor Street from Christie to Lansdowne. Read about LEAF Tree Tender Graduate Dan Milford-Warren's initiative to ensure survival of the City’s new plantings.
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Planting Trees in the Pocket

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Planting Large Caliper Trees
Over the past decade, we’ve seen a huge loss of mature trees in my neighbourhood - but I’ve been pleased to see that most of my neighbours are just as concerned as I am.
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It ain’t easy being green

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Barkley at LEAF's Night of the Forest
Growing up as a sapling in Toronto can be rough, and if you’re a street tree like me, the first few years are the toughest. There’s never any guarantee we’ll grow to be majestic like our old-growth cousins. Some of us are given tiny cement apartments with hardly any room to stretch out. Others have to deal with constantly getting our roots stomped on, garbage thrown our way, heavy bikes locked to our trunks, and dogs treating us with no respect. Oh, what it must be like to grow up in a park!
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Leslieville, Tree Planting and Toronto Hydro

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Leslieville Tree Festival
Toronto Hydro has had a long-time commitment to our urban tree canopy and I enjoy being part of a team dedicated to making this city greener! I’ve been with Toronto Hydro for 14 years and I’m thrilled about our continuous support of LEAF and the great work they do. On top of the annual tree planting that our employees take part in with LEAF’s support, we sponsor the Leslieville Tree Festival which I was involved with again this year.
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