Helen Godfrey, a LEAF Volunteer and Tree Tender Graduate, recognized the value of healthy street trees but saw that the trees in her neighbourhood along Bayview Ave were struggling. She worked with LEAF to reach out to local businesses and create a tree care plan. Over 20 local businesses committed to watering nearby trees, giving them at least three buckets per week from spring to fall.

As part of the project, educational signage was safely attached to trees. The signs offer interesting tips about the urban forest and include QR codes which take smart phone users directly to the LEAF website to learn more!

This program was inspired by two other initiatives: Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park Adopt-a-Tree Program and Roncesvalles Renewed


Bayview Buckets Project Details:

Where: Bayview Ave. (west side) between Hillsdale and Davisville.

When: Initiated in 2011. Watering each year from spring to fall.

Project Lead: Helen Godfrey, LEAF Volunteer and Tree Tender Graduate

Project Supporters and Partners: City of Toronto Forestry and Ward 22 Councillor Josh Matlow.