environment

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.

Aerial spraying against Gypsy Moth May 26 & 27, 2019

Read about  the areal spraying treatment program in this article from the South Bayview Bulldog. The City of Toronto has identified certain areas of the city where mature oak trees have been negatively impacted by the Gypsy Moth. As a result, there will be areal spraying against the Gypsy Moth in specific areas within wards 15, 12, 11, 4, 3, 2, and 1. The first round of aerial spraying will take place Sunday, May 26, … Read more Aerial spraying against Gypsy Moth May 26 & 27, 2019

City of Toronto Community Environment Days – 2019

  For more information about these and other Community Environment Day events click here to go the City of Toronto website. Community Environment Day on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at Leaside Community Gardens, 1073 Millwood Road.     Community Environment Day on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 4 – 8 p.m. at North Toronto Memorial Arena, 174 Orchard View Blvd. (In the parking lot.)  

Get your free trees or shrubs – at our next Tree for Me event – Saturday October 13, 2018

Once again, SERRA will be hosting a Tree for Me event. Date: Saturday October 13, 2018 Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Location: The Church of the Transfiguration, 111 Manor Road East, Toronto. Please visit the Tree for Me website for information about the species that are available, take the quiz to determine the best trees or shrubs for your property and get ready to register for our event in October. Registration will close on … Read more Get your free trees or shrubs – at our next Tree for Me event – Saturday October 13, 2018

Consultation regarding how to reduce single-use and takeaway items – October 2, 2018

The City of Toronto is undertaking consultation to help inform future decisions regarding reducing single-use and takeaway items. You are invited to learn more about this topic, ask questions and share feedback at in-person event, via live-webcast, webinar, or through an online survey. Please circulate and share this information with your networks. IN-PERSON EVENT + WEBCAST Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Open house 6 – 7pm Presentation & questions 7 – 8:30pm BMO Conference Centre & … Read more Consultation regarding how to reduce single-use and takeaway items – October 2, 2018