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.

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. … Read moreToronto Parks and Forestry initiative: Every Tree Counts

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 … Read moreSERRA held a successful TREE FOR ME event at June Rowlands Park!

Get a free Tree or Shrub – “TREE for Me” Initiative

  SERRA is partnering with the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation & the Davisville Farmers Market to distribute 50 small trees to participants. Plant a Tree. It’s Free! Visit www.treeforme.ca to select your tree and/or shrub Complete the on-line registration Pick-up your tree or shrub at the Davisville Farmers Market on October 3, between the hours of 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm Get instructions on planting & maintenance at the Farmers Market By planting a … Read moreGet a free Tree or Shrub – “TREE for Me” Initiative

Davisville Village Greenways (DVGs)

Residents of Davisville are only too aware of the stress on our neighbourhood because of unprecedented development at Yonge and Eglinton and on the City-designated ‘Avenues’: Yonge St., Mt. Pleasant Rd., and Bayview Ave. Hence the theme of our recent AGM: “Take Back our Neighbourhood.” One way of reclaiming some of the calm, walkable elements we have always treasured in Davisville Village is through the development of a network of paths or ‘greenways’. These will … Read moreDavisville Village Greenways (DVGs)