COVID-19 Update: Planting and stewardship activities resumed in Fall 2020. LEAF staff, volunteers and community members will continue this work in Spring 2021 with comprehensive safety practices in place.
Community Tree Planting
Community Tree Planting Events
Tree planting events are an excellent opportunity to take direct environmental action and learn about how we can protect and care for our forest ecosystem. These fun, community-building events allow people to be part of the solution to climate change and biodiversity loss.
Event participants must:
- Wear close-toed shoes
- Wear appropriate clothing for outdoor physical activity
- Bring a reusable water bottle and UV protection
- Come with a great attitude, ready to plant and learn!
Each participant will receive training from a LEAF staff member or trained LEAF volunteer on how to properly plant and mulch the trees and shrubs. Our goal is for participants to walk away with a better understanding of the importance of native plant species and how they can protect and enhance the urban forest. All ages are welcome to these family-friendly events! Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Our community tree planting events take place in York Region and Durham Region.
For tree planting events in the City of Toronto, visit their Community Stewardship Program.
Depending on the size of your group, LEAF may be able to offer a variety of private event options in York Region or Durham Region.
- Private events are a great fit for larger groups (more than 35 people). These may be corporate groups seeking a group activity for employees, or other types of groups. LEAF will require a minimum of three months’ notice to plan a private event.
- If you have a small group but would still like to participate in a planting event, your group may be able to attend one of our public events.
Note: A donation may be requested to help cover some of the costs for a private event.
To find out more and to determine which option may work best for your group, please contact brian[at]yourleaf.org as soon as possible
Below is a selection of public and park land that LEAF has naturalized through community tree planting events:
- Machell Park
- Thornlodge Park
- King Municipal Buildings
- Schomberg Community Farm
- Beaver Woodland
- Bridgeview Cordone Park
- Elgin West Channel Lands
- German Mills Park
- Humber Flats Eco Park
- Meander Park
- Sussex Park
- Toll Bar Park
At each planting site, LEAF staff, volunteers and community members worked together to naturalize spaces by introducing native trees and shrubs. After planting, mulch was spread around each tree or shrub to help conserve soil moisture, provide nutrients and deter invasive plant species.
LEAF partners with local municipalities in York and Durham Regions to identify public lands for naturalization and stewardship. This work has many benefits, including:
- Increased food and shelter for wildlife
- Increased community green spaces
- Increased urban canopy cover
Additionally, we work with our municipal partners to plant in high-impact locations where our efforts will have added impacts, like extending existing wooded areas or improving water filtration around stormwater retention ponds.
Planting events are typically held in the spring and fall. Sites are monitored after planting to ensure plant survival and minimize invasive species competition. Stewardship activities, such as mulching and invasive species removal, are coordinated by LEAF and/or the local municipality.
Below is a selection videos, blogs and media releases describing our recent tree planting efforts:
- Grovewood Park Planting Event
- Aurora National Forest Week Planting Event
- LEAF King Township Planting Event
- Getting Ready for Fall Planting and Stewardship Events
- Planting Trees Grows Communities!
- Naturalizing Park Land in Richmond Hill
- More Trees, Please! - Community Collaboration in Richmond Hill
- Schomberg Farm Growing More Than Produce!
- How are tree plantings helping our Great Lakes?