Stop by the park for a pop-up event on October 12, 2021 from 4 to 6 p.m. to learn more about the project and ask questions!

The City is improving the natural area in Guildwood Village Park by adding a demonstration garden with native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. A pathway and signs with information about urban biodiversity and native pollinator insects will be installed at the entrances of the habitat.

Project Timeline

  • October 2021: Park pop-up event
  • Fall 2021: Construction starts
  • Summer 2022: Construction complete

The timeline is subject to change.

Guildwood Village Park is a 2.3-hectare linear park located at 219 Livingston Rd., near Kingston Road and Eglinton Avenue East. The natural area of the park is being enhanced with a semi-manicured demonstration garden of native plants, shrubs and wildflowers. The new pollinator habitat will include:

  • A short winding path
  • A wood post and paddle fence in the shape of a canoe surrounding the entire area
  • Informative signs about urban biodiversity and the effects of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on ash trees
  • A raised wood boardwalk
  • Pollinator plants, trees, shrubs and wildflowers

The natural area in the park has seen a resurgence of invasive plants and non-native weeds, which will be removed in preparation for the pollinator habitat. The project is led by the City and in partnership with the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

Concept Plan

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As part of the concept plan, an aerial map identifies the location of new features that will be included in the pollinator habitat in Guildwood Village Park. The black border shows the wood post and paddle fencing which is shaped like a canoe.

  1. Pathways: 2.1-metre wide trail with crushed stone surfacing.
  2. Fences: a post and paddle fence made of natural wood.
  3. Boardwalk: a raised wood boardwalk, typically installed over seasonally-wet areas.
  4. Entrances: informative signage about native pollinators and the effects of EAB on ash trees.
  5. Pollinator plantings: existing native plants will be maintained, and additional wildflowers will be planted.
  6. Swale: existing drainage channel.

Background

In 2015, the City removed mature ash trees in the treed portion of Guildwood Village Park due to an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). One hundred and sixty-five trees were removed and 66 ash trees were injected with TreeAzin, an insecticide made from Neem tree seed extracts, to preserve the trees.

EAB is widespread throughout Toronto, particularly in south Scarborough, and is a forest pest that will kill ash trees unless they are regularly treated with a pesticide. Trees infested by EAB are unstable and dangerous as they can fall at any time.

Spring 2021

Caliper Trees Planted

The City planted more caliper trees in the west end of the park and removed more ash trees affected by EAB.

Spring/Summer 2020

Invasive Plants Removed

The City removed invasive plants by tarping and mulching the stumps in order to slow regrowth.

Spring 2018

Volunteer Invasive Plant Removal

Local volunteers helped by cutting and tarping invasive buckthorn shrubs in the natural area of the park.

Spring 2016

Volunteer Tree Planting

Local volunteers planted over 300 native trees and shrubs to help restore the natural area of the park.

Fall 2015

Caliper Trees Planted

The City planted 90 caliper trees throughout the park in order to reforest the urban canopy in the park.

August 2015

Infested Ash Trees Removed

The City removed mature ash trees infested by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the treed portion of the park. A total of 165 trees were removed and 66 ash trees were injected with TreeAzin, an insecticide made from Neem tree seed extracts, to help preserve the trees.

Park Pop-Up Event

Stop by an on-site pop-up event in the park to learn more about the project and ask questions.