LEAF Celebrates National Tree Day with Virtual Tree Tour

September 23, 2021 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Richmond Hill, ON - This National Tree Day, residents from across the province explored the diversity and benefits of trees around them, while staying safe. On Wednesday, September 22nd the non-profit organization LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), together with the City of Richmond Hill celebrated National Tree Day by hosting a virtual exploration of Richmond Hill’s biodiversity through its trees.  

The tour was hosted on Zoom and led by Brian Millward, Acting Community Programs Manager at LEAF. Tree tour participants learned how to spot common and unique trees found in the region and explored the important role they play in enhancing biodiversity and supporting local wildlife.   

“It’s so important that we understand how much we benefit from having a diverse urban forest made up of a variety of native tree species. By learning more about the characteristics of different trees, we hope that residents can go out into their community and build a deeper connection with nature,” says Brian Millward. 

After the tree tour, participants were encouraged to test out their new tree identification skills with a family-friendly tree hunt. The self-led activity sheet provides photos of 11 species explored through the tour – plus one space for a new tree. Equipped with their LEAF tree hunt activity sheet, participants headed out to parks and green spaces near them to spot as many species as they could.   

“We hope these resources inspire people to explore the green spaces around them and learn more about the urban forest all around us, as well as the wildlife that depend on it,” says Lam Tran, Education Coordinator at LEAF.  

The virtual tour was made possible with support from the City of Richmond Hill and Ontario Power Generation.  

For more information on upcoming LEAF events, visit the LEAF website.  

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:  

LEAF:    

Meandra Provencal, Marketing and Communications Coordinator  

Phone: 416-413-9244, ext. 14   

meandra@yourleaf.org