© 2015 David Slaughter / LEAF

Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests

LEAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. We offer programs that help you plant, care and give.


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

Our arborists will help you make an educated decision about the type of tree that best suits your property. Find out which one of our programs is right for you!





© 2018 Kaila Wong
Kaila is a planting program assistant at LEAF. She is passionate about urban forest management, and loves working at LEAF! So we sat down to ask Kaila how she came to be an Urban Forest Champion.
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Ever heard the expression “money doesn’t grow on trees”? Well, LEAF is here to say it does! In the summer, shade trees planted on the west and south sides of your home can reduce cooling costs by 25–40% according to a study by the University of California Berkeley.
© 2018 Rachel Marcus
Last weekend, I signed up for York Region's Bugs of the Night walk. With fireflies lighting our path and truly unbelievable insects flying alongside us, the Bender and Graves Tract turned into an enchanted forest once the sun went down.


© 2012 Oleksii Voronin | Wikimedia Commons
Pick up fact sheets at our info table and tour the LEAF Urban Forest Demonstration Garden with a volunteer steward to learn how to increase your #BackyardBiodiversity!
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Learn how to identify native and invasive species with expert help from a LEAF professional. Discover beautiful native plants you can grow in your yard!
© Michael Fiege
Learn about the importance of trees and tree care on a guided tree tour through Guild Park, followed by an optional hands-on tree care activity.

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