Let’s celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday by planting 150 trees in our neighbourhood this year.  We plan to achieve our goal by residents planting trees on their properties, the local schools planting trees on their properties, the City planting trees in our local parks and by doing a native tree planting in the local ravine.

Here’s how you can get involved:
* Get a free front yard or boulevard tree from the City. More info at www.toronto.ca/trees .
* Plant a backyard tree from LEAF Toronto. More details at www.yourleaf.org/toronto .
* Go to a local nursery and buy a native or non-invasive tree to plant on your property.
* Encourage your local councillor, school and neighbours to plant trees.
* Attend our community tree planting (TBA).  Information will be at www.danforthgardens.ca .
* Please email info@danforthgardens.ca to get involved and to let us know about any trees you planted this year so we can add them to our tally and achieve our goal of 150 new trees planted in our neighbourhood.

And why plant trees? Other than it increasing property values, reducing heating and cooling costs, cleaning the air and producing oxygen, lowering our stress levels and blood pressure, providing habitat for birds and wildlife and making our neighbourhood more beautiful, I could not say it better than the people listed below have in their own words:

“A society grows great when people plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit it.”
Greek Proverb

“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.”
Chinese Proverb

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of life and activity; it affords protections to all beings.”
Buddhist Sutra

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
Kahlil Gibran

“That each day I may walk unceasingly on the banks of my water, that my soul may repose on the branches of the trees which I planted, that I may refresh myself under the shadow of my sycamore.”
Egyption tomb inscription, circa 1400 BC

“If I knew I should die tomorrow, I would plant a tree today.”
Stephen Girard

“I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed, against the earth’s sweet flowing breast.
A tree that looks at God all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray.
A tree that man in Summer wear, a nest of robins her hair.
Upon whose bosom snow has lain, who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me, but only god can make a tree.”

Joyce Kilmer 1914

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