Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests


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






A cluster of A cluster of pawpaw fruit.
Ever wanted to add a rare native tree to your yard that combines aesthetic charm and food production? Dive into the captivating culinary delight and cultural significance of native pawpaw trees! With their tropical-looking leaves and distinctive fruit, this member of the custard apple family (Annonaceae) is a true hidden gem. While pawpaws have a rich history of cultivation by First Nations communities, they’re gaining popularity among local farmers and home gardeners too, and for good reason! Read on to learn all about this delicious culinary gem that will delight your taste buds and leave you craving more.
LEAF staff watering a newly planted tree
Have you heard? If you reside in one of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs), you might be eligible to have trees and shrubs planted on your property for FREE! LEAF is here to help make tree planting easier than ever this spring. Read on to learn more about what this exciting new initiative offers and how you and your community can take advantage of it!
A group of 7 people in green LEAF shirts are sitting at a table smiling at the camera after giving t
Hello – my name is Natasha, and since completing the Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) program at LEAF last year, I’ve become the Education Coordinator. In this capacity, I’m responsible for organizing this free, hands-on training and mentorship program for Toronto youth. I’m excited to share how the program helped me find a fruitful career path in the environmental sector and how it inspired me to lead the 2024 cohort.


Snowberry shrub in background with snow falling
Monday, March 4 – Join our Virtual Volunteer Orientation and learn how you can help grow the urban forest!
Hepatica in the forest in spring.
Monday, April 8 – Join our Virtual Volunteer Orientation and learn how you can help grow the urban forest!
Two YUFLs measuring width of tree
Tuesday, March 12 - Sign up to learn more about participating in the Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) program. This is a free, online and in-person training and mentorship program for Toronto youths (18 – 29 years old) interested in arboriculture, urban forestry and community engagement.

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