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!
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LEAF held three planting days in King Township during May. Due to COVID-19, we decided to limit the number of planters to a small group. Our small but mighty group went above and beyond, planting over 300 native trees and shrubs in Kettle Lake Park.
On May 2nd I had a huge treat: LEAF asked me to co-lead a Jane’s Walk to launch the Great Toronto Tree Hunt. When Janet McKay and I led a large crowd of keen tree-hunters through East York’s “Golden Triangle” neighbourhood, we found the treasures included people as well as trees.
At Todmorden Mills, a small shed protected the remaining pieces of the Maple Leaf Forever Tree. On a cold February day, prospective designers took turns in that shed, looking for inspiration. There, in the corner, was a large piece calling our name. This was the beginning for the Ontario Wood Carvers Association - we had the wood, but we still had to decide what to do with it.
Today is the first day of spring! Soon the weather will get warmer and leaves will start appearing on trees. We can put our winter coats away and start turning our minds to outdoor activities. Spring is also the time that many construction projects get underway in the city.