The City is investing in community-led tree planting and stewardship on private land to help reach our 40% tree canopy cover target. With the greatest potential for planting on private land, everyone’s participation is critical to achieving our tree canopy target.
There are many ways you can help, whether you are a homeowner looking to have a tree planted in your backyard, a community group looking for funding to plant trees in your neighbourhood, or just interested in learning more about trees.
Community Planting and Stewardship Grant
The Community Planting and Stewardship Grant supports tree planting and stewardship on private land by non-profit organizations within Toronto.
The Greening Partnership Grant supports tree planting and stewardship on publically-accessible green spaces on lands owned by public school boards, hospitals, colleges and universities in Toronto.
The Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway Program supports community-led tree giveaway events through financial support, free native trees and shrubs, and technical support and training.
Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) offers backyard tree planting services to Toronto residents at a subsidized cost. This includes a full-service option (in-person consultation, delivery and planting) and a do-it-yourself option.
Learn about 2019’s recipients.
Looking for a free tree or shrub to plant in your yard? Check out the list below for the tree giveaway nearest you.
Long Branch Neighbourhood Association Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway:
Annex Residents Association Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway:
Not Far From the Tree Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway
Bayview Village Association Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway
Nine projects were selected from 18 applications submitted to receive funding in support of tree planting and stewardship on private land.
Over 10,000 trees and shrubs will be planted through the grants. The projects will also engage and educate communities through planting events, educational workshops, citizen science, indigenous knowledge-sharing and youth programming.
Working with Toronto Community Housing staff, LEAF will engage with TCHC tenants in the planting and stewardship of native trees and shrubs on TCHC property. LEAF will also distribute native shrubs and mulch to TCHC tenants to plant on TCHC property. LEAF will recruit TCHC tenants to be trained in proper care and stewardship of planted trees.
The Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) Program offers youth a 5-month mentorship/training program in arboriculture and urban forestry. In collaboration with local community groups, program participants will plan and undertake outreach and engagement activities promoting tree planting on private property. The project will involve distributing native trees and shrubs for planting on private property.
Working with residents, students and volunteers the LBNA will identify suitable planting sites for trees and shrubs on private property throughout Long Branch and neighbouring communities. Enlisting the help of professional arborists, LBNA will also host a variety of workshops to promote continued health and stewardship of existing and newly planted trees.
The Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign will plant native trees on Ministry of Transportation (MTO) property at two prominent interchanges on the Highway of Heroes (Highway 401) within the City of Toronto. Proposed sites include the 401 interchange loops at the Don Valley Parkway and at Avenue Road.
Elementary school students will source, grow and eventually plant tree seeds adapted to the urban environment as part of their curriculum. The goal is to successfully establish native trees which will then be distributed and planted throughout the community.
The TRCA will plant native trees and shrubs on commercial, industrial and/or institutional lands throughout Toronto. In addition, TRCA will host a number of community planting events throughout Toronto.
Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag (NDG) offers Indigenous high school youths the opportunity to explore traditional teachings of the land and to learn about potential career paths in fields such as urban design, architecture and conservation. Working with private landowners, NDG participants will identify suitable planting sites in Toronto to plant trees and shrubs. Program participants will also develop and deliver educational workshops and community events to share their knowledge and skills.
Supporting existing tree planting programs, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will strategically plant native trees on TDSB school properties throughout Toronto. TDSB will also provide tree care maintenance that will improve the survival rate of new and existing trees.
Currently home to a stand of failing trees, the Academic and Resource Centre (ARC) Quad at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus will be redesigned to create a naturalized, accessible and sustainable public space with new native trees and other non-invasive greenery.
The Annex Resident’s Association will host a Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway at Jean Sibelius Square in May 2020. 200 trees/shrubs will be distributed.
The Bayview Village Association will host a Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway at Forest Grove United Church in June 2020. 300 trees/shrubs will be distributed.
The Long Branch Neighbourhood Association will host a Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway at the Spring Bird Festival in May 2020. 500 trees/shrubs will be distributed.
Not Far From the Tree will host a Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway focused on native fruit trees. The event will take place during the Stop’s Farmer’s Market located at Artscape Wychwood Barns. 300 trees/shrubs will be distributed.