Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests


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






Woman with pruner cutting a branch
What comes to mind when you think of pruning? For many people, it’s a topiary shrub clipped into an ornamental shape. Though we often think of pruning as an aesthetic practice, it actually serves a much wider purpose. Each pruning cut has the ability to change the growth pattern of a tree forever; making pruning young trees an essential practice in order to maintain health and encourage a strong structure as they mature.
Open field with grasses, weeds and trees in the background
What do string, handy plant species identification tips and a clipboard have in common? These were some of the things Brian Millward, LEAF Stewardship Coordinator, and I needed when we visited future LEAF naturalization planting sites. We were establishing a baseline of species diversity found at each site in order to monitor the impact of LEAF stewardship activities.
What is the most valuable part of being a volunteer Garden Steward? We posed this question to the dedicated volunteers that care for our Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens located outside of five TTC subway stations. For 10 years these green spaces have added a little bit of nature to the lives of local residents and commuters. None of this would have been possible without this passionate community of volunteers steadily working behind the scenes!


Join us from the comfort of your home from November 10th to November 19th for our multi-session Tree Tenders course, now available online. LEARN the basics of trees from expert instructors. CONNECT with other tree lovers and BE INSPIRED to become an urban forest leader in your community!

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