LEAF program trains volunteers to improve the urban forest

by | Oct 15, 2018 | Campus News, Life

Christina Roxborough
Life Reporter

The Humber Arboretum partnered with Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) to bring Humber the LEAF Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program.

The event launched Sept. 17 and ran until Sept. 25, being held every Tuesday, Thursday and once on Saturday at the Centre for Urban Ecology at North.

LEAF is about the Urban Forest and — focusing their work on Toronto and the GTA — they try to get people focused on trees and learn how to care for them. Their mission is to grow and improve the urban forest.

This is the first time Humber and LEAF have connected to bring an event like this to the college.

The event was held in the heart of the arboretum; a small building surrounded by thousands of trees and plants.

Community and Programs manager at LEAF, Erin MacDonald, admired the space and its beauty as it provided a really good platform

“We’re among the trees even though we’re looking at a projector,” she said.

Arboretum’s Communications Assistant Marilyn Campbell reached out to LEAF after seeing an ad on its Facebook page and decided the program would be a good fit with the space the Arboretum had to offer.

“It fits [the Tree Tenders Volunteer Training] program very well and it was convenient for me,” Campbell said.

LEAF Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program provided participants with the basic knowledge of tree care, how trees grow, how soils work and how to properly plant trees.

Guests who attended were given the opportunity to connect with others who share the same passion about the environment and trees.

The Sept. 25 session provided a seminar that focused on tree bylaws, what different laws affect trees and how we interact with trees in the city.

“It’s got many benefits, it’s sort of the tip of the iceberg, this course,” said attendee Peter Cox. “It peaks your interest and makes you look at some of the questions that were raised.”

LEAF holds it tree tenders program annually — sometimes twice a year — with the first session held in the spring and the second in the fall.