Adopt-A-Park-Tree

Helping out Toronto's Park Trees

Through the Adopt-a-Park-Tree program, local communities work together with support from the City, Park People and LEAF to enhance the urban tree canopy and Toronto's parks.

Modeled on the tree stewardship program started by the amazing volunteers of Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park back in 2006, this program connects residents with newly planted park trees. Each young tree is adopted by an individual (or a group) who agrees to regularly water, weed and monitor their tree from May to October. The goal is to help new trees thrive in the first three to five years after planting while they establish strong root systems. 

Benefits of an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program: 

  • Adopters become invested in the park and the trees
  • Trees have a much greater chance of survival which can save tax dollars
  • Healthy young trees will add to overall urban canopy

Applications for 2018 are now open!

In 2018, LEAF will work with two community groups to help establish new Adopt-a-Park-Tree initiatives through our Young Urban Forest Leaders Program.

Please submit an application by Sunday April 1st, 2018 at 11:59pm.

To download a printable information page about the Adopt-A-Park-Tree and Young Urban Forest Leaders Programs, click here.

Information Session

Join us March 5th, 2018 at 6:30pm to learn more about our Young Urban Forest Leaders and how they can help you start an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program in your local park! For more information, click here.

 

©2015 David Slaughter / LEAF

We have been thrilled to work with such inspiring Friends of Parks groups, whose committed volunteers have shown amazing initiative in getting these programs started and will carry out the hard work of ensuring the young trees in their parks get the care they need in years to come. Learn more about each project below for ideas and inspiration.

 

 

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©2016 Tooba Shakeel

Get Help From LEAF’s Young Urban Forest Leaders Program

The Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) Program is a five-month training program that provides young women hands-on experience in the field of urban forestry and community engagement. YUFL participants receive training and mentorship from LEAF staff and work in partnership with community groups to help establish new Adopt-a-Park-Tree initiatives. In 2018, LEAF will partner with two community groups to receive support through this program. Park groups must meet the readiness criteria to be considered.

Benefits for Park Groups:

Park groups selected to participate in the program will receive:

  • assistance from LEAF and a small team of Young Urban Forest Leaders over a five month period to:
    • create an inventory, assessment and map of park trees
    • develop a stewardship plan, which includes guidelines on tree care and key details for running an Adopt-a-Park-Tree Program that is specific to your park
    • organize and host a public event that includes mulching young park trees and a guided tree tour
  • supplies needed to launch an Adopt-a-Park-Tree initiative up to a maximum of $500 per group (includes items like hoses, printing of promotional materials, refreshments for public event, etc.)

Readiness criteria:

To be considered fot this program, Park Groups must:

  • be an existing “Friends of” group or other well-organized group that is prepared to follow through on an Adopt-a-Park-Tree Program
  • be associated with a City of Toronto park that has had new trees planted within the last few years (or that will have new trees planted in 2018)
  • have a designated representative that will commit to liaising with LEAF and the Young Urban Forest Leaders team
  • be prepared to co-host a public Adopt-a-Park-Tree event between August and October of 2018 to raise awareness about the program
  • be willing to help publicly promote the Adopt-a-Park-Tree Program (social media, newsletter, booth at community events, etc.)
  • commit to ongoing coordination of the Adopt-a-Park-Tree program once the youth have completed the Young Urban Forest Leaders program 

Applications for 2018 are now open!

LEAF will be selecting two community groups to partner with our Young Urban Forest Leaders Program. 

Please submit an application by Sunday April 1st, 2018 at 11:59pm.

©2016 Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott/LEAF

Start Your Own Program with the Adopt-A-Park Tree Manual

Anyone can start an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program, and it can vary in size and formality. Each group will find its own level of organization and methods of implementation.  The Adopt-a-Park-Tree Manual was developed by Park People and LEAF to help community groups across the city get started. The manual is free and can be viewed online

Inside the Manual

Inside this PDF you'll find all the information you need to get started with your own Adopt-A-Park-Tree Program, including information on:

  • Creating a Team
  • Surveying your Site
  • Caring for Your Trees
  • The Tools You'll Need
  • Funding Tips
  • Common Challenges, and more!

Join an Existing Program

Several park groups in the city have established Adopt-A-Tree Programs - search for group based near you, or review the links in the "Connect With Park Groups" tab below to get in touch with some of the great groups we've worked with in the past!

Adopt-A-Park-Tree Resources

Supporting Partners

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