Adopt-a-Street-Tree

Improving Life for Toronto's Street Trees

© 2015 Christine Kato / LEAF

Life as a street tree can be tough

Healthy trees offer countless environmental and health benefits while also bringing beauty and nature into our neighbourhoods.

Toronto has approximately 600,000 street trees which grow in the harshest of urban conditions. They face a multitude of stresses such as limited soil and water, sidewalk salt and bicycle locks, which challenge their long-term health and survival. Stressed out trees can’t provide us with the same environmental benefits as healthy trees. 

Beyond environmental benefits, healthy street trees also:

  • make the streetscape green and beautiful
  • offer pedestrians shade on hot summer days
  • attract more shoppers and more frequent shopping visits
  • foster a sense of community

Simple acts of stewardship go a long way to help our street trees thrive. Additional care and protection from the local community can significantly increase tree survival, especially for trees that are newly planted.

The Adopt-a-Street-Tree program encourages and guides community tree stewardship, helping the city’s most vulnerable trees grow to their leafiest potential so that Torontonians may enjoy the numerous benefits that a lush urban canopy provides.

 

Adopt-A-Street-Tree Initiatives

©2016 Janet McKay / LEAF

In 2017 and 2018, LEAF and the City of Toronto are collaborating with Green 13 and the Junction BIA to support a new Adopt-a-Street-Tree project. With nearly 140 trees lining the Junction’s streets, the community is working to ensure the health and vibrancy of their street canopy.  

 

Help care for Junction Trees!

Adopt a tree:

To view a map of the Junction's street trees and find out which trees are in need of care, click HERE.

If you'd like to help care for a Junction tree, contact junctiontrees[at]gmail.com.

 

Join the watering team:

There are many "orphan" trees that have not yet been adopted. Join a team of local volunteers to help ensure these trees also get the TLC they need to thrive! Watering equipment and watering routes are available. If you'd like to join the watering team, contact junctiontrees[at]gmail.com.

A very big thank-you to all the volunteers who have contributed to the project so far!

Green 13 gratefully acknowledges the financial support this project receives from both the Junction Residents' Association and the Toronto Field Naturalists.

©2017 Erin MacDonald / LEAF

In 2016 and 2017 LEAF and the City of Toronto are collaborating with the the Bloordale BIA and the Bloordale Community Improvement Association to support a new Adopt-a-Street-Tree project with funding from Live Green Toronto (a program of the City of Toronto) and from the Canadian Tree Fund. With 50 newly planted trees between Dufferin and Lansdowne, the Bloordale community is working to ensure each tree thrives. 

 

This project is building on the efforts of local resident and Tree Tender graduate, Dan Milford-Warren, who initiated street tree stewardship in Bloordale when the trees were first planted in 2014.

 

Adopt a Bloordale tree 

To view a map of Bloordale's street trees and find out which trees  are in need of care, click HERE.

If you'd like help care for a Bloordale tree, contact erin[at]yourleaf.org.

A very big thank-you to all the volunteers who have contributed to the project so far!

Project Partners

Our Adopt-A-Street Tree initiatives depend on involvement from the community! In Bloordale, our allies included the Bloordale BIA and the Bloordale Community Improvement Association. Support was also received from Councillor Anna Bailao. Many thanks also to our enthusiastic volunteer tree adopters! If you live in the Bloordale area and would like to adopt a tree, we'd love to hear from you.

©2015 Erin MacDonald / LEAF

In 2015, with the support of the TD Green Streets Grant awarded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada, LEAF had the opportunity to work closely with the City of Toronto and the Danforth community to develop an Adopt-a-Street-Tree Pilot Program for 142 new street trees planted between Woodbine and Victoria Park.

The objective of this pilot program is to foster a collaborative approach to protection and care of the city’s vulnerable street trees and to develop community tree care guidelines that can be replicated across Toronto.

The pilot was a great success, and in 2016, LEAF will continue to work with the Danforth community to further support this flourishing flourishing project with funding from Live Green Toronto, a program of the City of Toronto, and from the Canadian Tree Fund. We will collaborate with the local community to ensure this pilot project is firmly rooted through ongoing volunteer training on street tree stewardship and community engagement. 

Additionally, LEAF will work with volunteer tree adopters to plant hardy native perennials in a select number of tree beds on the Danforth. Through this process, we will test the success of native species recommended in the Adopt-a-Street-Tree manual. 

Help care for Danforth trees!

To view a map of the Danforth street trees and find out which trees are in need of care, click HERE.

To find out how you can adopt a street tree, get involved or to get more information, contact erin[at]yourleaf.org.

A very big thank-you to all the volunteers who have contributed to the project so far!

Project Partners

Our Adopt-A-Street Tree initiatives depend on involvement from the community! On the Danforth, our allies included Danforth East Community AssociationDanforth Mosaic BIADanforth Village BIA and Danforth Village Residents Association. Support was also received from Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon and Councillor Janet Davis. Many thanks also to our enthusiastic volunteer tree adopters! If you live in the Danforth East area and would like to adopt a tree, we'd love to hear from you.

©2012 Matthew Higginson / LEAF

Helen Godfrey, a LEAF Volunteer and Tree Tender Graduate, recognized the value of healthy street trees but saw that the trees in her neighbourhood along Bayview Ave were struggling. She worked with LEAF to reach out to local businesses and create a tree care plan. Over 20 local businesses committed to watering nearby trees, giving them at least three buckets per week from spring to fall.

As part of the project, educational signage was safely attached to trees. The signs offer interesting tips about the urban forest and include QR codes which take smart phone users directly to the LEAF website to learn more!

This program was inspired by two other initiatives: Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park Adopt-a-Tree Program and Roncesvalles Renewed

 

Bayview Buckets Project Details:

Where: Bayview Ave. (west side) between Hillsdale and Davisville.

When: Initiated in 2011. Watering each year from spring to fall.

Project Lead: Helen Godfrey, LEAF Volunteer and Tree Tender Graduate

Project Supporters and Partners: City of Toronto Forestry and Ward 22 Councillor Josh Matlow. 

 

Get Involved with Adopt-a-Street-Tree

©2012 Matthew Higginson / LEAF

Adopt-a-Street-Tree Manual

LEAF and the City of Toronto have developed an Adopt-a-Street-Tree manual to help guide and support communities with an interest in caring for their local street trees.

 

Support from LEAF

LEAF continues to work to bring this program to more communities across the city, working with various stakeholders to strengthen the Adopt-a-Street-Tree model. 

If you are interested in starting an Adopt-a-Street-Tree project in your community, LEAF wants to hear from you. Please contact erin[at]yourleaf.org for more information. 

©2017 Erin MacDonald / LEAF

Volunteers Opportunities

We are always looking for volunteers to help with our Adopt-a-Street-Tree projects! To get involved or to get more information, contact erin[at]yourleaf.org.

 

Adopt a tree and help it flourish:

To find out how you can adopt a street tree, email erin[at]yourleaf.org.   

Supporting Partners

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