Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests


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






Eastern redbud leaf damaged by leafcutter bee
Caring for your trees and shrubs by providing them with regular water and nutrients is the key to ensuring they live long, healthy lives. While this is true, there are some other external factors that can impact your tree/shrub’s health, such as climate, damage, disease and of course, pests.
Two large tulip trees planted in a backyard
Thinking of planting a tree on your property? Planting trees is an excellent way to enhance your outdoor space. Trees also offer a number of wonderful benefits such as shade, privacy, wildlife food and habitat, increased property values and more. However, in order to maximize these benefits to their fullest, it is important to ensure you are planting your new tree in the right place!
Pagoda dogwood leaves, flowers and berries collage
The pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia), is a smaller growing species that is often planted as an ornamental or centrepiece in many gardens. It is aptly named for its layered, horizontal branching which often resembles a pagoda (a tower-like, tiered structure). The pagoda dogwood is a beautiful native understory species that can be readily found in many forests across eastern North America.


Woman planting a small tree
Join our virtual Volunteer Orientation on June 14th to become a LEAF volunteer and learn how you can lend a helping hand!
New growth on a spruce
Join us for a virtual Tree Tour of Wychwood Barns Park on Tuesday, June 22nd! Learn about the importance of urban trees and how to care for them.
Close up of hands holding a leaf
Join us for a guided virtual tree tour of Alex Robertson Park on June 28th, then explore it on your own time and participate in our scavenger hunt!

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