Blogs

Enhancing York Region’s Urban Forest One Bag (and Bucket) at a Time

Volunteers with bags full of invasive plants
The first two years of a newly planted tree's life are crucial for its survival. That's why we hosted two volunteer stewardship events at recent naturalization planting sites in York Region this July. Our tree-rific team removed 54 bags of invasive plant species and mulched over 600 native trees and shrubs. In this blog, our new Stewardship Coordinator, Sarah Halonen, shares their first fieldwork experience!

TCH Tenant Committed to Greening His Community

Len Mirander with a tree
This year, we are working with Toronto Community Housing (TCH) tenants to green their communities with almost 100 trees and over 200 shrubs. Meet one of the TCH tenants we’ve been lucky to work with: Len Mirander. Len contributes a tremendous amount of time caring for his community, from protecting the trees provided by LEAF to tending to the community garden. Our TCH Stewardship Assistant, Ruiqi, had the pleasure of speaking with Len about his community work.

How the Urban Forest Cools our City

tree canopy from below
Walk past any of Toronto’s parks on a sunny day and you’ll notice, without fail, someone lounging under a tall majestic tree. It’s no secret that the best way to contend with the dog days of summer is by finding a nice, shady spot. But big cities like Toronto will likely experience more and more intense heat waves in the future. Is that same tree canopy the answer? Here’s how our urban forest is fighting to protect us from extreme heat.

Young Urban Forest Leader Greens Her TCH Community

Aisha with naitive shrubs
This year, we are working with Toronto Community Housing (TCH) tenants to green their communities with almost 100 trees and over 200 shrubs. Meet one of the TCH tenants we've been so lucky to work with: Aisha Chohan. Aisha participated in the Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) program in 2020. Now, in 2021 she is engaging her neighbours to beautify their greenspace with native shrubs and fostering a sense of camaraderie in her community. Hoping to inspire others, she shares her experience!