COVID-19 Update: This initiative continues with some modifications to engagement activities.
TCHC Planting and Stewardship Initiative
The TCHC Project
LEAF is working with Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), the City of Toronto and Park People to engage communities in the planting and stewardship of native trees on TCHC properties.
Many trees on TCHC properties were affected in the ice storm of 2013 and thousands of trees have been removed and/or infested by emerald ash borer. Additionally, the majority of remaining trees on these properties are limited to a handful of species, many of which are non-native such as Norway maple and Austrian pine. This project is a wonderful opportunity to enrich the native diversity of these landscapes.
A central element of the project is the engagement of local tenants and site staff in both the planting plans and the stewardship of the trees once they are planted. Training and tree care resources are provided in order to ensure each tree thrives.
Project sites are identified in consultation with TCHC tenants and TCHC Facilities Management staff.
New sites to be planted in the fall of 2020:
- 20 & 30 Falstaff Avenue
- 20, 30 & 40 Gordonridge Place
- 4455 Bathurst St
- 75 Tandridge Crescent
Eleven TCHC communities across Toronto welcomed nearly 150 new trees as part of this initiative over the past two years.
- 110 Mornelle Court
- 111 Kendleton Drive
- 1615 Dundas Street East
- 1901 Sheppard Avenue West
- 3847 Lawrence Avenue East
- 4100 & 4110 Lawrence Avenue East
- 6 Glamorgan Avenue
- 65 Greencrest Circuit
- 7 Glamorgan Avenue
- Scarlettwood Court, 58 Waterton Road
At each site, LEAF and Park People worked together to initiate Tree Care Teams. The teams operate differently at each property, but are generally made up of tenants, staff and other local residents interested in helping the trees thrive.
Each team receives specialized, hands-on training from LEAF about proper tree care along with resources to help them carry out their stewardship efforts with confidence. The main responsibilities of the teams include regular watering, keeping tree bases free from weeds and mulching the trees when needed.
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.
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.
Funding and In-Kind Support
This project is supported by the City of Toronto.
The project is also supported by funds from TD Green Space Grant from TD Bank Group (TD) and the Arbor Day Foundation, which support innovative urban greening and tree planting projects in underserved areas of the community.Support in the form of trees and planting services is provided by City of Toronto Forestry.
Thank you to the following companies for providing mulch throughout the year!
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Interested in finding out more about this project? Want to learn all about the latest updates and news? Read through our media releases and blogs for more information on how we're adding trees to TCHC properties.
Read our media releases:
- November 4, 2019 - Toronto Community Housing and partners celebrate innovative tree planting initiative
- May 15, 2019 - Toronto Community Housing tree project: spring season celebration and tour
- November 16, 2018 - Toronto Community Housing Partners with Several Organizations to Expand Tree Canopy in Its Communities
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