SERRA held a successful TREE FOR ME event at June Rowlands Park!

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) which supplied, free of charge, six 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 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 has set a goal of a 40% tree canopy (we are now at 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%. You can read the Oct 11, 2017 article by Kevin Bissett by clicking here.


 Let’s Keep Davisville Green!

Grand Opening of Manor Community Green

Doubling the Fun on Manor Road   Councillor Josh Matlow worked with the neighbourhood to retain most of the Glebe Manor Bowling Club’s green space from development and consulted with the community to make this park a reality. On Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 Councillor Matlow invited the community celebrate with a game of Bocce Ball! SERRA is looking for volunteers to help set up a Bocce league for our local residents. Please contact us at serra@southeglinton.ca if … Read moreGrand Opening of Manor Community Green

Grand Opening Celebration of the new Mona Piper Playground

On Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 Councillor Josh Matlow invited the community to celebrate the grand opening of the Mona Piper Playground at the corner of Manor Rd. and Forman Ave., located beside Manor Road United Church. The new playground was named in honour of Mona Piper, who was the longest serving crossing guard in the City of Toronto, and someone who helped kids cross safely for 43 years near Maurice Cody School. Mona Piper made our … Read moreGrand Opening Celebration of the new Mona Piper Playground

Have your say! Take the City of Toronto Parkland Survey.

The City of Toronto has a 20-year Parkland Strategy that will be used to help guide the long-term planning for new parks and expanding or improving access to existing parks. This Parkland Strategy will be used to prioritize initiatives and guide decision-making regarding parks and green-space. Residents are invited complete a survey to share their ideas about the City’s parkland priorities for the future. Click here to take the survey. The survey has been extended and … Read moreHave your say! Take the City of Toronto Parkland Survey.

Community Meeting – New Midtown Park

The community is invited to attend a meeting to discuss a new park in Midtown. The new park will be located at the corner of Dunfield and Soudan. Meeting Details: Hosted by Councillor Josh Matlow Date: Wednesday May 30, 2018 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Mount Pleasant Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Road