- The Great Toronto Tree Hunt
- LEAF Learning Garden
- Let It Bee
- Maple Leaf Forever Tree
- Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens
- Urban Wood Utilization
- Young Urban Forest Leaders Program
- Youth EAB Ambassador Program
- Past Projects
Milne Hollow is located along the Don Valley, sitting between the edges of Scarborough and North York. Surrounded by a major highway in what is a former industrial site, it is one of the most magnificent examples of how diverse our canopy can be. When I first arrived I was struck by the way it stood beaming with colour, so full of life. This is no accident – the city of Toronto has been working to renaturalize this site for over a decade and in 2011 LEAF signed on to help them achieve their goals.
Last fall I joined a large group of volunteers in planting trees and shrubs to further build this stunning corner of Toronto's urban forest. The weather called for rain but spirits ran high as the clouds overhead cleared and the mercury started to rise. And as our Education and Stewardship Coordinator, Jessica Piskorowski was busy running back and forth to make sure everything went according to plan, a couple of our incredible volunteers and I worked to capture the days events on film.
In under an hour we'd already planted all of the trees and shrubs that came with us and many of our Tree Tenders graduates began to lead us through mulching them properly. Not only did we successfully introduce truckloads of native species into the area, but we also checked in on the ones that had been planted last spring.
One of the tenents of our mission was to raise awareness of this beautiful site. By animating the space with tree tours, stewardship events, educational workshops and planting days throughout the year, we introduced new audiences to one of Toronto’s most wildly stunning spaces.
I'm almost as excited to launch this video as I was to hear we had surpassed our overall planting goals for 2011. But more than either of those things I can hardly wait to get back to the urban oasis this spring. If you've never been, consider taking a walk along the valley and up through Milne Hollow to see a wilder side of Toronto the Good.
I'd love to hear your comments below and encourage you to share stories of your city's wildest spaces.