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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.


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!





Our bees and butterflies depend on a variety of native perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. All it takes to create the perfect pollinator paradise is having the right plants in the right location, giving them the proper care and showing your yard a little love. Follow this nine-step guide to help turn any urban garden into a haven for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators!
Tree growing out of a handful of coins
I grew up in Exeter on a property covered by giant spruce, cedar and maple trees. They were always such a huge part of my life, providing me with excellent hiding spots during neighbourhood games of hide-and-seek, giving us piles of leaves to jump into in the fall, providing us with shade to cool off in the summer and housing local wildlife, like robins and white squirrels! But another value that they offer - something that doesn’t always get a ton of attention - is the way trees can help conserve energy and provide us with financial benefits.
Zoom in of decorative lights around a tree shining prettily at night
As the cold, dark nights of winter continue, beautiful outdoor lights can brighten our spirits. From houses to trees, everything seems to twinkle throughout the holidays and beyond. But, if not carefully managed, these decorations can be damaging and even fatal to trees!


Outreach volunteers hosting a pop-up booth
Join us April 29 learn how you can lend a helping hand. Opportunities include hands-on planting and stewardship, community outreach, event assistance and more.
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!
Male volunteer planting a shrub
Join us March 21 and learn how you can lend a helping hand to the trees in your community. Opportunities include hands-on planting and stewardship, community outreach, event assistance and more.

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