Trees on commercial streets face especially high levels of stress which negatively affect tree health and lifespan. Stressed out and struggling trees can’t provide us with the environmental benefits that healthy trees provide and municipalities face heightened maintenance and replacement costs. Beyond environmental benefits, healthy street trees also:
- make the streetscape green and beautiful
- offer pedestrians shade on hot summer days
- attract more shoppers and more frequent shopping visits
- foster a sense of community
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 business and create a tree care plan. Over 20 local businesses committed to watering nearby trees, giving thme at least 3 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.