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The Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Project

Our local tree canopy needs your help and so does our air!
The Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Project supports neighbours to green our streets. Free front yard trees are available from the City. Navigate the red tape and get more green in our neighbourhood!


About Us

The Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Project is neighbours talking with neighbours to green our streets (map)

The Tree Project improves the local tree canopy as a demonstrated means of:

  • lowering localized urban heat island effect
  • reducing soil erosion
  • improving storm water management
  • and reducing residential building heating and cooling demands

The project addresses a critical problem of dying mature trees in this southeast Toronto neighbourhood while helping the City of Toronto meet its goals of beautification, doubling of the tree canopy and improving overall air quality.

The project is a community initiative, meaning it grew from community input and community-identified needs to address issues affecting the neighbourhood as a whole. Neighbours volunteer with the initiative, playing key roles in planning, implementing and reporting on the project.

Key Players
The project is an alliance of two groups: Neighbourhoods Acting on Air Quality (NAAQ), part of South Riverdale Community Health Centre that supports action around air pollution and health; and Beautification of Leslieville District (BOLD), a volunteer community education and action group.

The project is volunteer-driven, and supported by one part-time Health Promoter from South Riverdale Community Health Centre. A volunteer Steering Committee meets monthly.

Each year, about 30 volunteers from the community are trained in “Trees 101”, urban forests, basic air quality and health issues, and conducting a door-to-door canvas. In the early summer, these volunteers spread out to speak with neighbours about local urban forest issues and help community members access new trees.

The Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Project has been supported by:

Resource Sharing

The Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Project supports community development by making resources available through the “creative commons”.

  • Feel free to adapt these resources for your use
  • Please give credit to the Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Project so our funders and supporters can map the connections
  • Users assume any and all liability for use or adaption of any of these materials

Resources are available here.