Maple Leaf Forever Tree Tour

March 1 2014 - Toronto - Tour Helps Identify Species Hidden in Trinity Bellwoods

Residents from across the GTA will join LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park for the Winter Tree Identification Tour this weekend. Understanding that it can be a challenge to tell many of the common urban tree species apart in the winter... (read more...)


Maple Leaf Forever Tree Tour

January 28 2014 - Toronto - Woodland Walks offers new views of urban forest

This Saturday, February 1, tree lovers, winter enthusiasts and families will join LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and York Region Environmental Services for two winter woodland walks as part of the 45 Annual Newmarket Winterfest. Snowshoes will be provided for participants to explore Fairy Lake Park (read more...)


Maple Leaf Forever Tree Tour Design Exhibit

January 15, 2014 - Toronto - Maple Leaf Forever tree lives on in Design Exhibit

As part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO), an exhibit curated by LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) will showcase four unique pieces by Brothers Dressler, Dystil, The National Design Collective and Paus + Grün. The designers have transformed small branches and leaves from the famous Maple Leaf Forever tree (read more...)


Maple Leaf Forever Tree Tour

October 22, 2013 - Toronto - Tree Tour explores future of Maple Leaf Forever Tree

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, tree lovers will join LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and local experts on a tree tour focused on wood utilization and the magnificent maple tree which inspired the song “The Maple Leaf Forever.” Although this historic tree fell victim to an epic summer storm in July, it will be getting a second life. (read more...)



Heritage Tree Tour

September 29, 2013 - Toronto - Heritage Tree Tour Explores Natural History 

On Sunday, September 29, 2013, a large group of curious tree lovers will join LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and expert arborist Philip van Wassenaer as they explore some of the most impressive, rare, and century-old trees around Queen’s Park and Philosopher’s Walk in Toronto. (read more...)



Stewardship in the urban forest

September 28, 2013 - Markham - Stewardship in Action Tree Tour

Residents across York Region are invited to join LEAF on a tree tour to explore the trees and stewardship projects in Pomona Mills Park, Markham, on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The tour will focus on the exciting community initiatives in the park and how these projects improve the environment and develop stronger social ties in the neighbourhood. (read more...)



National Tree Day

September 25, 2013 - Markham - LEAF Celebrates National Tree Day with Backyard Tree Planting

To celebrate National Tree Day, this morning LEAF planted a native tree in the backyard of David Susilo, a Markham resident and participant of LEAF’s Backyard Tree Planting Program. Mr. Susilo and representatives from funding partners, the Regional Municipality of York, the City of Markham and Ontario Power Generation were in attendance. (read more...)


LEAF Tree Tour

September 16, 2013 - Richmond Hill - Tree Tour explores Lake Wilcox Area

Residents from across Richmond Hill are invited to join LEAF on a tree tour of the Lake Wilcox neighbourhood on Saturday, September 21, 2013. The tour will focus on the natural ecology of the area and how residents can help the lake by using eco-friendly landscaping practices in their own yards...(read more...)


Emerald Ash Borer in York Region

September 5, 2013 - Toronto -  LEAF Defends Against Emerald Ash Borer

Millions of ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) in The Regional Municipality of York are at risk of dying due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).  To minimize the impact of EAB on the urban forest, LEAF and York Region have partnered to implement an EAB Ambassador Program. The goal of the program is to empower residents to take action... (read more...)


Tree Tenders Volunteer Training

August 15, 2013 - Toronto -  Celebrate National Forest Week with Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program

Torontonians can celebrate this National Forest Week with LEAF’s Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program at Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Ave E. Toronto). The course runs from Tuesday, September 24 to Tuesday, October 1, 2013. For $50, participants will receive... (read more...)


Edible Tree Tour

August 15, 2013 - Toronto -  Edible Tree Tour Reveals Unexpected Delicacies of the Urban Forest

On Saturday, August 24, 2013, Amanda Gomm of LEAF, Susan Poizner of Orchard People and Becky Thomas of Not Far From The Tree, will lead an Edible Tree Tour, designed to showcase the many edible tree delights found throughout the city. (read more...)


Highland Creek Morningside Tree Tour

July 9, 2013 - Toronto -  Learn About the Benefits of Urban Trees at the Free Morningside/Highland Creek Tree Tour

Learn more about the tree canopy along Highland Creek at the Morningside Park Tree Tour. Morningside Park encompasses two Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs) and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) where visitors can see sugar maple, American beech...(read more...)


Pizza in the pits tree tour

July 4, 2013 - Toronto -  Tasty Tree Tour in Christie Pits

On Friday July 12, 2013, LEAF’s Andrea Bake will uncover the secrets of this downtown park with Jode Roberts of the David Suzuki Foundation, Monica Gupta of Friends of Christie Pits and Cristina Juarez of Christie Pits Residents’ Association. (read more...)


Salvaged wood table in Toronto

June 26, 2013 - Toronto -  Tree Tour explores salvaging urban wood in the Junction

On Wednesday, July 3, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Ryan Kuz, owner of Karmatree, and Dennis Hale, co-owner of Storyboard Furniture, will explore the art of salvaging wood from urban trees. The Salvaging Urban Wood Tree Tour will begin at the southwest corner of Keele St. and Dundas St. West in Toronto. (read more...)


Leslieville Tree Festival

June 19, 2013 - Toronto -  Leslieville Tree Festival Returns to Leslie Grove Park

Ward 30 is celebrating Toronto's urban canopy with the Leslieville Tree Festival. This year's festival will host performances from Zero Gravity Circus, Robert Priest, and Eastview Children's Dancers, among others. This family-friendly festival is an annual tradition in Toronto-Danforth, with something for all ages to enjoy... (read more...)


Tree Planting demonstration

June 12, 2013 - Toronto -  Groups take action to defend Ontario’s urban forests from Emerald Ash Borer

The Urban Forest Stewardship Network (UFSN) connects grassroots organizations working on issues like Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect from Asia that is devastating ash tree populations across the province. EAB was initially discovered in Michigan and southwest Ontario in 2002. Since then it has moved eastward across... (read more...)


Tree Planting

May 21, 2013 - York Region -  Citizens defend their urban forest

As the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) spreads through the 700,000 ash trees in urban areas across York Region, LEAF is playing an important role in the response to this invasive pest. The Backyard Tree Planting Program gives citizens an opportunity to help preserve the canopy by planting a variety of native trees around their homes... (read more...)


Green Roofs

May 15, 2013 - Toronto -  Living Green Infrastructure Declaration supports healthier, more sustainable cities

An online Living Green Infrastructure Declaration has been created to encourage government and the private sector to plan and build greener, healthier, more beautiful communities. Living green infrastructure advocates, including LEAF, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Ontario Parks Association and Landscape Ontario... (read more...)


Cool Communities

April 17, 2013 - Guelph - Program helps residents build biodiversity, reduce energy use and save money planting trees and shrubs

Today LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) launches its spring Cool Communities Residential Shade Tree Planting Program in the Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo area. The program provides rebates of up to $100 per household on native trees and shrubs... (read more...)



April 11, 2013 - Toronto -  Let the birdwatching begin

Each year approximately 50 million birds pass through the Greater Toronto Area and LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) is helping residents build crucial habitat for them. LEAF’s subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program, which has focused on getting the right tree in the right place since 1996, has expanded further by offering Native Garden Kits for songbirds... (read more...)


Junction Depave Paradise

September 26, 2012 - Toronto -  Junction depaves, uncovers paradise on National Tree Day

Today in celebration of National Tree Day, LEAF and partners undertook a “Depave Paradise” project on the southwest corner of Pacific Ave. and Dundas St. West in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood.  Four large honey locust trees were freed from encroaching paving stones that were causing damage to their trunks... (read more...)


Edible Tree Tour

September 6, 2012 - Toronto -  Monarch Park Tree Tour highlights urban forest in Toronto’s east end

Today Amanda Gomm, Manager, Volunteer & Community Engagement, LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) and Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth, lead a guided tree tour through the city’s east end Monarch Park neighbourhood... (read more...)


Edible Tree Tour

August 25, 2012 - Toronto -  Edible Tree Tour showcases the bounty of Toronto’s urban forest

Today Amanda Gomm, Manager, Volunteer & Community Engagement, LEAF ( Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), Susan Poizner, Coordinator, Growing for Green and Laura Reinsborough, Founder & Director, Not Far From The Tree, conducted an  Edible Tree Tour designed to showcase... (read more...)


Adopt-a-tree Bayview Buckets

August 22, 2012 - Toronto -  Bayview Buckets Adopt-a-Tree Project aims to save street trees

Today, businesses along Toronto’s Bayview Ave. launched the Bayview Buckets Adopt-a-Tree Project designed to help street trees survive Toronto’s increasingly hot summers. Organized by LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) volunteer Helen Godfrey, local businesses will help street trees.... (read more...)


Ontario Residential Tree Benefits Estimator

June 21, 2012 - Toronto -  Free online tool allows homeowners to calculate energy savings and other ecological benefits of their trees

Today, LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) launched the Ontario Residential Tree Benefits Estimator (ORTBE), an online tool designed to estimate the energy savings and other environmental benefits provided by trees.  Research has shown that strategically placed trees provide... (read more...)


Watering a newly planted tree

June 20, 2012 - Toronto -  Heat wave putting Toronto Trees at risk

This week’s extreme heat is putting urban trees under stress and at risk due to drought, says urban forest advocates at LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests).  They are calling on residents to help the trees that shade their homes and neighbourhoods by giving them a much needed drink of water.... (read more...)


Top 5 things to do for your trees

May 16, 2012 - Toronto -  This gardening season, don’t forget your trees: Top Five Things You Can Do

With the gardening season underway, the Urban Forest Stewardship Network (UFSN) is calling on residents in communities across Ontario to help trees in their yards and neighbourhoods. Our trees exist in stressful conditions.  Drought, air pollution, salt spray, competition with overhead utilities and root damage during construction are just a few.... (read more...)


Cool Communities

April 18, 2012 - Guelph -  Program allows Guelph/Cambridge residents to reduce energy use by planting subsidized trees and shrubs

Today LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) launched its spring Cool Communities Residential Shade Tree Planting Program in the Guelph/Cambridge area. The program provides rebates of up to $100 per household on native trees and shrubs and is designed to aid homeowners in strategically planting trees and shrubs... (read more...)


Green Infrastructure Ontario Report

March 26, 2012 - Toronto -  Investments in green infrastructure yield added economic, health and environmental benefits

A new report released today by the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition identifies green infrastructure as a cost solution policy makers should be considering on the eve of the Ontario Budget and in subsequent political discussions centred on doing more with less... (read more...)


Silver MapleSeptember 28, 2011 - York Region - Sunday Markham Tree Tour kicks off urban forest events in York Region this fall 

LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) will help celebrate the Year of the Forests by leading a tree tour on Sunday, October 2, at 2:00 p.m. Beginning at the Varley Art Gallery in Unionville, LEAF arborist Erin Silverstein will explore the parks and residential streets in this beautiful downtown area.... (read more...)


Canada’s first smartphone-friendly garden opensSeptember 2, 2011 -  Toronto - Canada's first smartphone-friendly public garden opens

Today marked the official opening of the LEAF Learning Garden (LLG), Canada’s first “smartphone friendly” public garden at Toronto’s Artscape Wychwood Barns. The LLG contains nearly 50 native plants found in southern Ontario. Each plant is labeled with a small sign containing common and Latin names, several educational symbols and a QR code... (read more...)


Demonstration Garden at the Spadina Subway StationJune 29, 2011 -  Toronto - LEAF and TTC partner to plant urban forest demonstration garden at Spadina Subway Station

Today LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and members of the local community planted an urban forest demonstration garden in front of the Walmer Rd. entrance of the Spadina TTC subway station. Planted and maintained by graduates of LEAF’s Volunteer Tree Tender Training Program, urban forest demonstration gardens showcase...  (read more...)


LEAF Learning GardenJune 15, 2011 -  Toronto - LEAF receives grant to create native learning garden 

Toronto-based LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) received $5,000 from The Rebuilding Nature Grant Program supported by The Home Depot Canada Foundation and led by Evergreen to complete its urban greening project this spring. The national grant program was created to support environmental stewardship projects that provide... (read more...)


Alien InvasionJune 14, 2011 - Alien Invasion! How “Global Gardening” has impacted Toronto’s urban forest

This Saturday, June 18, LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) will host a Tree Tour titled, Alien Invasion! How “Global Gardening” has impacted Toronto’s urban forest. The tour will run from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   The meeting location is the southwest corner of... (read more...)


Secret Sex Lives of TreesMay 25, 2011 - The secret sex lives of trees revealed

Join LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) as we host Tony Fleischmann, long time arborist and tree enthusiast, who will be revealing the secret sex lives of trees during a lecture on June 7, 2011, from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Royal Ontario Museum, Level 1B, Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre. (read more...)


Heritage Tree TourMay 24, 2011 -  Heritage Tree Tour examines challenges faced by city trees and innovative solutions to help preserve them

Join LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) as we admire some of Toronto's most impressive heritage trees.  We'll visit some awe-inspiring specimens near the Royal Ontario Museum, Philosopher's Walk (on the main campus of the University of Toronto) and Queen's Park, and learn about the incredible biodiversity value...  (read more...)


Eco home plantingMay 19, 2011 - Strategic tree planting completes new green home

Today LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) helped celebrate the completion of a year-long green-home build at 149 Park Home Ave. in Toronto by planting three trees on the property. The planting locations are designed to help keep the home cool in the summer and will provide the finishing touch to a new home designed... (read more...)


Cool Communities Residential Shade Tree Planting ProgramApril 28, 2011 - Program provides subsidized trees and shrubs for residents to help reduce energy use

LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) will be officially launching its spring Cool Communities Residential Shade Tree Planting program this Friday, April 29 at Grand Valley Garden Village located at 3763 King Street East, Kitchener and... (read more...)


David Suzuki SchoolApril 19, 2011 - Elementary students plant trees to help green school for Earth Week
Today LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) led a tree planting at the David Suzuki Public School in Markham with members of the school’s Eco Team and Ward Councillor Logan Kanapathi as part of the school’s Earth Week activities. (read more...)


UFSN Launch Trinity Bellwoods

April 5, 2011 - Network launched to improve the plight of Ontario’s threatened urban forests

Today, LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) along with five other groups around the province held events to officially launch the newly created Urban Forest Stewardship Network... (read more...)


International Year of ForestsJanuary 25, 2011 - Toronto and York Region residents encouraged to get involved during UN's International Year of Forests

This week, the United Nations General Assembly is officially launching International Year of Forests - 2011, and LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) is offering residents of Toronto and York Region a way to get the most out of the year... (read more...)


TTC GardenOctober 5, 2010 - Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens

Today LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) led members of the local community in transforming a part of the High Park TTC subway station property into an urban forest demonstration garden.... (read more...)



 Ruby-crowned KingletOctober 3, 2010 - The Birds and The Trees Tour

Today Mike Alkema Certified Arborist at LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests), Dr. Bridget Stutchbury of York University, and Brett Tryon the Coordinator at Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) led a “Birds and Trees” tour to talk about the importance of Toronto’s urban forest to migrating birds... (read more...)


Cool CommunitiesSeptember 17, 2010 - Waterloo Mayor helps launch subsidized shade tree planting program

Today Michelle Bourdeau, Manager, Residential Planting Programs at LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests), Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran and Councilor Mark Whaley, a representative of the 10,000 Trees Project, launched LEAF’s Cool Communities Residential Shade Tree Planting Program.. (read more...)


York RegionAugust 17, 2010 - Do-It-Yourself Backyard Tree Planting Program

Today LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) launched its subsidized “Do-It-Yourself Backyard Tree Planting Program” in central and northern York Region expanding its efforts to protect and improve our urban forests... (read more...)