Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests


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






Danijela headshot
Danijela Puric-Mladenovic has recently joined the LEAF Board of Directors. In this blog, our Executive Director, Janet McKay interviews Danijela about her experience and her motivation for becoming a LEAF Board member.
Danielle holding silver maple leaf
Throughout May and early June, LEAF staff members were busy bees naturalizing public lands in the City of Richmond Hill. As a first-time tree planter, I was amazed that we were able to plant over 700 native trees and shrubs in just seven days! As I reflect back on the planting days, every day was unique and offered new learning opportunities for me. Here are three lessons I learned as a first-time tree planter!
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.


White pine needles up close
Join us for a four-part webinar series between August 10th and August 19th. Learn how to identify different tree species, explore their history and significance and discover new ways to support your urban forest.
Shovel going into the ground to dig a hole
Join our virtual Volunteer Orientation on August 23rd to become a LEAF volunteer and learn how you can lend a helping hand!
person watering garden with trees
Join our last virtual Volunteer Orientation of 2021 on September 27th! Become a LEAF volunteer and learn how you can lend a helping hand!

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