East End groups offer free tree workshop

A partnership between the Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association’s Tree Team and the Ashdale and Hiawatha Neighbourhood Tree Stewardship Project, sponsored by the Danforth East Community Association’s Anne Howatt, is bringing a free Tree Care 101 workshop to the East End.

The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation building at 79 Hiawatha Rd., just west of Coxwell.

Susan Crofts, a volunteer from the Ashdale and Hiawatha neighbourhood, recently took part in a tree survey of the two streets between Dundas and Gerrard. Of 220 homes, 18 agreed to have their front yard trees mulched, while another 26 took applications for free city-installed trees in their front yards.

“We really found lots of good engagement, lots of interest in trees and maintaining the canopy,” said Crofts.

Antony Upward, organizer of the BHNA Tree Team, said his group is just getting started, but rather than get involved over their heads, decided to start small.

“We’ve got lots of ideas and things we can do, but we want to get people involved,” he said. “We decided that we would start this year by focusing on keeping the new trees alive.”

Once the Tree Team attracts more volunteers – ideally at least one ‘tree captain’ for each street in the BHNA area around Gerrard and Woodbine – the group will decide where to focus its efforts.

The workshop on June 1 will be run by an expert from LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), and will consist of a presentation followed by a hands-on mulching exercise to demonstrate the proper way to mulch and care for a tree.

For more information or to register, email treeteambeachhill@gmail.com.


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