On October 3 SERRA held a Tree for Me event at June Rowlands Park. Seventy-seven trees were distributed to residents of Davisville and other areas of Toronto. We worked in partnership with the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF) who supplied free of charge 6 varieties of trees and shrubs grown from native seed stock.
Participants selected their trees in advance to fit the planting location on their property; at the event they viewed a brief planting demonstration and were advised on proper watering and mulching. As a follow up, TPTF will contact participants to learn how well the trees are growing and to provide care information for each season.
Toronto Parks and Forestry Initiative : Every Tree Counts
The city of Toronto has the goal of a 40% tree canopy (we now have 28%), and has a robust plan for planting in public spaces. However, since there is a limited supply of public property, the city encourages the planting of young trees on private property. Toronto’s urban forest is a vital asset with an estimated value of $7 billion. To read about the Toronto Parks and Forestry study ‘Every Tree Counts’ click here.
Davisville has a reasonable tree canopy compared to other parts of the city and we are particularly fortunate to have the arboretum at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery as part of our urban forest; however, severe weather (ice storm of 2015), insect damage (Emerald Ash Borer) and fungus infections (Dutch Elm Disease) take their toll. So, property owners need to continue planting young trees in preparation for the inevitable thinning of our current mature tree canopy.
The value of a tree canopy has been much under discussion recently, and most of us will have heard of the significant benefits that trees provide to cities, including cleaning the air, cooling neighbourhoods, conserving energy and increasing property values. The most recent Canadian study published in this month’s issue of The Lancet Planetary claims that in addition to increasing mental health, a robust canopy also decreases the risk of premature death by 8-12 % To read the Oct 11, 2017 article by Kevin Bissett in the Star.com, click here.
SERRA hopes that residents will take pride in the greenness of our corner of Toronto by taking advantage of the next Tree For Me event.
Let’s Keep Davisville Green!