As you know, 2011 has been the International Year of Forests according to the United Nations. So it seems fitting that we saw over one hundred people take our Tree Tenders Volunteer Training program this year. And to say "its been a busy year for them" would be an understatement...
Food is one of the cheapest and easiest ways of bringing marginalized community members together. Food, specifically nutritious food, is often unavailable to some in this City. The Food Access Native Tree Project was designed to promote the mass planting of 60 native fruit and nut trees (Serviceberry, Elderberry, and Hazelnut) on land surrounding subsidized housing and community housing projects in South Riverdale.
Wow, the 2011 stewardship season at LEAF has been a busy one – and an amazing one! From creating small pockets of biodiversity through our Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens to taking part in large naturalization plantings, we’ve certainly left our positive mark on Toronto’s tree canopy.
I remember a time when commuting home meant a noisy ride on a packed subway, only to be met by the cement world that is mid-town Toronto. I would look up into the sky to feel the warmth of the sun on my face - only to see clouds move pass a skyline littered with tall buildings.
On July 1st 1967, four days after I turned 11 years old, I planted a tree in our backyard. The little sapling was one of many given to Sarnia Observer newspaper subscribers to commemorate Canada’s 100th birthday. The tree is now over 30 feet tall. Okay so it is a Norway Maple and nothing grows under it’s thick canopy and roots. But hey, I love it all the same.