Keeping it green in Leslieville

Each year since 2005 we've gathered with Councillor Paula Fletcher, Toronto Hydro, community groups, artists and foodies in Leslieville to celebrate our urban forest. This fun-filled family event features a little something for everyone - tree planting? Got it. Native plant sale? Check. Organic snacks? You better believe it. And if you look up above we've even got people in trees, dancing overhead.

 

 

Michael Louis Johnson at the Leslieville Tree Festival in 2007

This year we are excited for another annual Leslieville Tree Festival in Leslie Grove Park (corner of Queen St and Jones Ave, Toronto). The fun-filled celebration of our urban forest includes activities for the whole family! We've had some famous faces help us celebrate.... above is a photo of Michael Louis Johnson at the festival in 2008.

 

Forest City Lovers at the Leslieville Tree Festival

Kat Burns performed with Forest City Lovers back in 2007.

 

Jack Layton at the Leslieville Tree Festival in 2009

Jack Layton dropped by in 2009.

 

Safiyas Handmade Stuff

And in 2012 Safiya was on hand to sell her handmade "stuff"!


Crowd at the Leslieville Tree Festival

Over the years the following has grown, nearly doubling each year. And now we see hundreds of people pass through the park to celebrate our urban forest!

 

Face painting will return to the Leslieville Tree Festival in 2013

Face painting is always a hit....


Face painting at the Leslieville Tree Festival

....for all ages.


organic baked goods at the Leslieville Tree Festival

There's something delicious for everyone...


Native plant sale

...including the birds and the bees (thanks to our native plant sales)! 


2010 Tree Dancers

People dance, hug, and...

 

Planting trees with Councillor Paula Fletcher, Janet Mckay of LEAF and friends of Leslieville

...plant trees! So how about it, will you make the trip to Leslieville this year? The party starts at noon in Leslie Grove Park!

 

Twenty-one businesses, 15 nonprofits, and six food vendors will be there with handmade and locally made items, environmental services (including a TreeAzin provider who can help you treat trees at risk due to Emerald Ash Borer), yoga, henna, and local history! I can't forget to mention the delicious food that will be there this year by the amazing people at Chocosol and the Leslieville Cheese Market! For the little ones, lil' bean n' green will have a "tummy time" area for babies. See you in the park!

 

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