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 urban 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 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 upcoming community tree planting events, check out our Events page


For tree planting events in the City of Toronto, visit their Community Stewardship Program.

volunteers at tree planting event

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 requires 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 sarah[at] as soon as possible

volunteers planting trees at planting event

Below is a selection of public and park land that LEAF has naturalized through community tree planting events:

  • Machell Park
  • Thornlodge Park
  • Budweth Park
  • Doris Patton Park
  • Hill Farm Park
  • Kettle Lake Park
  • King Municipal Buildings
  • Schomberg Community Farm
  • Grandview Park
  • Central Park
  • Russett Park
  • Pine Creek
    Richmond Hill
    • Beaver Greenway
    • Beaver Woodland
    • Bridgeview Cordone Park
    • David Hamilton Park
    • Elgin West Channel Lands
    • German Mills Park 
    • Humber Flats Eco Park
    • Meander Park
    • Sussex Park
    • Toll Bar Park
    • D'Hillier Park
    • Rosedale 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. 

    Overhead view of volunteers planting at community park

    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 benefits, 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. 

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