Last week I led our first tree tour in York Region as we explored naturalized areas and parkland in beautiful and historic Unionville. The day began with a downpour of icy cold rain but we managed to stay dry, albeit very chilled, during the afternoon tour. I am thankful for those who came out to learn about trees and the very important role our urban forest plays in our everyday lives.
This season, LEAF and City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation teamed up to provide tours, workshops, plantings, and mulching events at one of Toronto’s least known but most spectacular naturalized spaces – Milne Hollow.
This past Sunday morning I represented LEAF at the Official Opening of Baker's Woods. There to spread the word about our Back Yard Tree Planting Program in Vaughan, I was lucky to have the opportunity to get to check out this exciting and unique environmental and cultural site in the heart of the city.
Accolades for the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder pour in from around the world. Will Rogers, now the president of the Trust for Public Land in the USA wrote “Anyone who cares about the future should heed Richard Louv’s prophetic message… Last Child in the Woods should be on every conservationist’s – and every parent’s – bookshelf.” I agree.
Who doesn't love a good hemlock? The Canadian hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is a native conifer tree with a good pyramidal form that makes it ideal for use as a privacy screen.