TCHC Planting and Stewardship Initiative
TCHC Pilot Project
LEAF is working with Park People and Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) to plant up to 100 trees on a small number of TCHC properties. This planting and stewardship initiative will serve as a pilot project with the goal of expanding to other TCHC communities in the future. A key component of the pilot project is to engage tenants in the planting and stewardship of the trees.
TCHC communities offer significant plantable areas. They are also areas of need, since many ash trees have been removed due to the invasive pest emerald ash borer.
Pilot project sites were identified in consultation with TCHC Facilities Management staff. Planting plans were drafted and finalized with TCHC staff and resident input over the summer and fall. Planting will take place this November.
The following three sites were selected for the 2018 pilot project:
LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest. Beginning in 1996, LEAF has been designing and delivering successful planting and stewardship programs, as well as education and training programs across the City of Toronto. LEAF will play a lead role in the planting, stewardship and education activities.
Park People supports and mobilizes people to help them activate the power of parks to improve the quality of life in cities across Canada. With over seven years of experience and network building in Toronto and four years in underserved communities through the Sparking Change Program, Park People creates change by inspiring leaders, reducing social isolation and building inclusive communities. Park People brings experience working in partnership with TCHC to engage residents in the parks and greenspaces in their neighbourhoods. Our work in TCHC and other Neighbourhood Improvement Area (NIA) communities will inform our work for this project and bring a network of grassroots community groups and social service agencies as partners to the project.
Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) is Canada's largest social housing provider. TCHC is owned by the City of Toronto and provides homes for nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households in 106 of the city’s 144 neighbourhoods. Their 2,100 buildings represent a $10-billion public asset.
Funding and In-Kind Support
The funding for the pilot project is coming from a one-time grant secured through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. The granting program is called Every Tree Counts and is funded by the City of Toronto.
Additional in-kind support is being provided in the form of trees and planting services. This support is coming from two sources:
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