© 2015 David Slaughter / LEAF

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!





© 2018 Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott Four young women posing happily for a picture
This summer, young women took part in LEAF’s Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) program to learn about urban forestry. The program concluded with participants organizing a community event at a Toronto park. For the four of us, Laura, Denyse, Jenna and Karla, this event took place on Sunday, August 19th, at Guild Park. It was the first of the three YUFL events and an amazing success!
© 2016 LEAF Tree Tenders participants look up as instructor points to tree in a park
Every year, LEAF organizes several Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Courses in various locations in the Greater Toronto Area. This September, we will be hosting a course at the Humber Arboretum and we’re especially excited about it!
© 2015 Creative Commons Siblings climbing a tree
Growing up, I loved to climb trees. When I was seated in the branches of a tree I could be anything I wanted, from a forest fairy overlooking her kingdom, to a firefighter saving an (imaginary) cat. Trees played an essential role in my childhood, but they did more than just fuel my overactive imagination. Trees benefit the health and wellbeing of all people, but they hold unique benefits for kids.


© 2018 David Slaughter
Join local experts in discovering the beauty of Lake Wilcox Park! Lake Wilcox is the largest kettle lake in the Oak Ridges Moraine and is home to a variety of native wildlife and vegetation. On this tour we will explore the history of Lake Wilcox through its native tree species.
© 2011 Alain Wolf Chickadee perching on a branch
Pick up fact sheets at our info table, celebrate our urban forest on National Tree Day and learn how to increase your #BackyardBiodiversity!
© 2018 Isaac Lee Happy woman planting a small tree
Join us for an evening of tree planting in Bridgeview Cordone Park. All ages welcome for this family-friendly event!

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