In 2015, with the support of the TD Green Streets Grant awarded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada, LEAF had the opportunity to work closely with the City of Toronto and the Danforth community to develop an Adopt-a-Street-Tree Pilot Program for 142 new street trees planted between Woodbine and Victoria Park.
The objective of this pilot program is to foster a collaborative approach to protection and care of the city’s vulnerable street trees and to develop community tree care guidelines that can be replicated across Toronto.
The pilot was a great success, and in 2016, LEAF will continue to work with the Danforth community to further support this flourishing flourishing project with funding from Live Green Toronto, a program of the City of Toronto, and from the Canadian Tree Fund. We will collaborate with the local community to ensure this pilot project is firmly rooted through ongoing volunteer training on street tree stewardship and community engagement.
Additionally, LEAF will work with volunteer tree adopters to plant hardy native perennials in a select number of tree beds on the Danforth. Through this process, we will test the success of native species recommended in the Adopt-a-Street-Tree manual.
Help care for Danforth trees!
To view a map of the Danforth street trees and find out which trees are in need of care, click HERE.
To find out how you can adopt a street tree, get involved or to get more information, contact erin[at]yourleaf.org.
A very big thank-you to all the volunteers who have contributed to the project so far!
Our Adopt-A-Street Tree initiatives depend on involvement from the community! On the Danforth, our allies included Danforth East Community Association, Danforth Mosaic BIA, Danforth Village BIA and Danforth Village Residents Association. Support was also received from Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon and Councillor Janet Davis. Many thanks also to our enthusiastic volunteer tree adopters! If you live in the Danforth East area and would like to adopt a tree, we'd love to hear from you.