In Toronto, most opportunities for new tree planting exist on private land. This means that residents, businesses, and institutions have an important role to play in growing and caring for our urban forest. Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation seeks to engage individuals across Toronto to do their part, through initiatives like Tree For Me. Tree For Me is a community-powered, backyard tree planting initiative that makes it easy for Toronto residents to get no-cost, native trees for their homes. Tree For Me is part of a city-wide effort to reach 40% urban tree cover in Toronto.
With funding from the City of Toronto, Tree For Me events are made possible by dedicated grants that stimulate and sustain community engagement in support of the City of Toronto’s Every Tree Counts movement. The result is more trees in our yards, more trees in our communities, and more trees in our city.
Tree For Me grants support inclusive, community-powered events hosted in neighbourhoods across Toronto. The Foundation provides eligible community organizations with grants up to $2000, along with trees and event planning resources to host local tree-matching and giveaway events for local residents. Corresponding tree care workshops equip Toronto residents to be knowledgeable and successful tree planters. These grants provide key resources to communities across Toronto and help to expand the urban tree cover by removing barriers to accessing trees.