Naturalizing Park Land in Richmond Hill

In this year alone, over 7,000 square meters of park land have been naturalized by Richmond Hill community members. Throughout the spring and fall of 2019, LEAF, the City of Richmond Hill and The Regional Municipality of York have hosted five planting events in Meander Park. With the help of 480 community members, we have planted 1,350 native shrubs and trees.


The new plantings will increase our tree canopy, which provides a multitude of environmental, social and economic benefits to the City and its residents. From improving air quality to reducing stormwater runoff, planting trees is a simple, yet effective way to make cities more resilient to climate change. Moreover, having access to living green infrastructure (like trees!) has been linked to better physical and mental health and increased property values. And, because all the trees and shrubs planted were native, they will increase much-needed wildlife habitat in Richmond Hill.


There was one extra special bonus to these naturalization efforts. Those who participated had the chance to work alongside their neighbours and improve their community together.


“This is in my neighbourhood, so my son will be able to watch the long-term changes that the planting will have,” said one event participant.


“Felt good to be part of a community. Loved the feeling that so many people care about the planet and being good stewards of the earth!” Said another.


On Wednesday, October 9th, Meander Park saw its last tree planting event for 2019. But, there is still an opportunity for those people who would like to help. Increasing the City’s tree canopy and making Richmond Hill greener is something anyone can do, right from their own yard! Check out our subsidized planting programs that help York Region residents plant native trees and shrubs on private property.




Daniela Serodio is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at LEAF.


This planting event is supported by the City of Richmond Hill, the Regional Municipality of York and the TD Friends of the Environment Fund.