Thursday, 14 September 2017

LET'S PLANT 150 TREES FOR CANADA'S 150TH



Check out all the ways you can participate!

1. GET A FREE TREE (OR TWO) AT OUR

 TREE FOR ME COMMUNITY EVENT

The Danforth Gardens Neighbourhood Association with The Tree For Me Foundation wants to give you a free tree (or two) to plant on private property (your private property or on a rental property with permission of the landlord).

You can order up to two of any of the following large trees (Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Red Oak, White Pine) or small trees (Smooth Serviceberry, White Cedar).

To order your free tree(s) just go to www.treeforme.ca and look for the Danforth Gardens Neighbourhood Association event to sign up for your tree(s). 

And the best part is you can pick up your tree in the neighbourhood on Saturday October 14, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00pm at Danforth Gardens Public School.  We’ll even show you how to plant and care for your tree. In addition to picking up your tree we will have family friendly activities including:

12:00 - 2:00pm 
Tree Pick Up and Planting Workshop
Community Picnic
Nature Mural Painting
Earth Play Activities

1:30 - 2:00pm
The Barry O Kid’s Show Entertainer

2:00 - 2:30pm
Multi-sport Kids Program


For more information go to www.danforthgardens.ca or email info@danforthgardens.ca .


2. WARDEN WOODS NATIVE TREE PLANTING
  

Danforth Gardens Neighbourhood Association has been invited to provide up to 50 volunteers for a native tree planting organized by the City of Toronto Urban Forestry Department and Green Toronto on Saturday October 14, 2017 from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  Meet at Warden Woods Park at the corner of St. Clair Ave. and Warden Ave.

The plan is to plant 100 – 200 trees in the Warden Woods Park along with other volunteer groups.  The trees we plant will be counted towards our 150 Trees for Canada’s 150th Project. 

We can only provide 50 volunteers so please sign up for the event on our Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1974895356101565/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A4%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&source=4&action_history=null or email info@danforthgardens.ca with the number of people that will be joining you.  Sign up early as we hope to max out on our volunteer quota.  Individuals, families and children are all welcome!


3. OTHER INITIATIVES
     

Let’s celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday by planting 150 trees in our neighbourhood this year between April and October 2017.  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 .
* Order free tree from our Tree For Me Event at www.treeforme.ca .
* Attend a community tree planting in Warden Woods on Sat. October 14 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. 
* 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.
* 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? Well, trees increase property values, reduce heating and cooling costs, clean the air, produce oxygen, lower our stress levels and blood pressure, provide habitat for birds and wildlife and make our neighbourhood more beautiful.  





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

 “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