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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.

Plant

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!

Homeowners

Multi-units

Businesses

Blogs

Oak leaves in the rain
Ever heard of the term “stormwater runoff”? It refers to rainfall that does not seep into the ground and instead flows over the ground surface and into our sewer or drainage systems. In urban and suburban areas, where there is an abundance of sidewalks, roads and other paved areas, stormwater management is becoming an increasingly complicated and costly problem. But, trees can help! Not only are they are a cost-effective way to reduce flooding, they also provide countless co-benefits such as shade, air purification, beauty and privacy.
LEAF staff hard at work
It’s almost that time of year again – the snow slowly melts away and glimmers of new growth start to appear – spring is near! Here at LEAF, spring is on our minds for most of the winter and we begin to prepare for it well before it arrives.
White spruce
A legacy tree that holds exceptional cultural, historical, and intrinsic value, contributing to a natural landscape in many ways over time. The white spruce (Picea glauca), a geographically abundant tree species found east to west across the country, as far north as the arctic tree line, and as far south as the northern states, is a Canadian legacy.

Events

Volunteer mulching newly planted trees
Join us for an afternoon of tree planting in Meander Park, Richmond Hill, on May 26. Go home with your own native shrub to plant in your yard (while supplies last). All ages welcome for this family friendly event!
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Join us for a morning of tree planting on May 25 at the Schomberg Community Farm. Go home with your own native shrub! All ages welcomed for this family friendly event!
Young woman proudly showing her planted tree
Join us for an afternoon of tree planting in Meander Park, Richmond Hill, on April 27. Go home with your own native shrub to plant in your yard (while supplies last). All ages welcome for this family friendly event!

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