Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests


Our Backyard Tree Planting Program offers native trees and shrubs to property owners at a subsidized cost.






Mining bee on black chokeberry
In our previous blog, we explored four tree and shrub species that support bees in early spring. As spring advances and pollinator gardens burst into bloom, it's important not to overlook the ongoing significance of native trees and shrubs in the bee lifecycle. In this blog, we will explore four of the finest mid-spring blooming native trees and shrubs. Keep reading to find out why bees love trees!
male cellophane bee on red maple flowers
When considering the essentials for supporting bees, our minds often turn to vibrant pollinator gardens. However, it might surprise you to learn that bees depend on native trees as well. While trees help humans by offering shade, privacy, and aesthetic appeal, trees also play a crucial role in providing much-needed spring food and shelter for these vital pollinators.
sprinkler spraying water on grass and tree trunk
Sprinklers are a familiar sight on lawns and in gardens, but did you know that they have the potential to negatively impact trees by causing stress? Discover how watering with sprinklers can impact your tree and learn the key to properly watering in our newest blog.


Volunteers removing weeds and invasive plant materials
Saturday, June 22 - Celebrate Pollinator Week by helping us improve the urban forest in Whitby and create healthy habitat for our native pollinator friends! Join LEAF as we remove invasive species and mulch native trees and shrubs at our naturalization site in Rosedale Park.
Volunteer applying mulch to the base of a young tree
Sunday, June 23 – Join LEAF as we cap off Pollinator Week by stewarding one of our Richmond Hill naturalization sites! During this two-part stewardship event in Beaver Woodland, we will first remove invasive species and follow-up by mulching native trees and shrubs. Register for one session or both!

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