The trees are coming! The trees are coming!

Thanks to DECA’s amazing Tree for Me team for this post!

In an effort to increase tree cover in our neighbourhood, DECA is partnering with Tree for Me to give out free trees to Toronto residents. Together we are hosting two events on September 27th and 29th at East Lynn Park! To get your free tree, simply head over to and register for one of the DECA events. Each household is eligible to receive up to two free trees per season. Pick up the trees at the event and learn how to plant and take care of them. The trees will be a mini size and easy to carry home.

Please register by September 24 to reserve your tree. Walk-ups will also be welcome at the event for whatever tree is available.

Why plant more trees?

There are many great reasons for planting more trees but chief among them are the environmental benefits. By taking in carbon dioxide and turning it into oxygen, trees help to remove harmful fossil fuel emissions from our atmosphere. Below ground, tree roots prevent soil erosion by keeping the soil from being washed away. Tree roots also absorb and retain water and boost the water-holding capacity of the surround soil, which can help reduce flooding, especially in urban environments.

DECAxTreeForMe event posterLess well known are the public health benefits of trees. A 2014 study found that in one year alone, trees prevented 850 human deaths and 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms in the US. The researchers attributed this to the 17 tonnes of air pollution that trees removed from the air by trapping dust, pollen and other pollutants. Other studies have shown that just looking at trees can help people lower their heart rates, reduce stress and even recover faster from surgery.

With all of these environmental and public health benefits, why aren’t we planting more trees? That’s where Tree for Me comes in. Tree for Me is a community-based partnership to help Toronto residents get free trees for their front and backyards. As part of the Every Tree Counts campaign sponsored by the City of Toronto and Toronto Parks and Tree Foundation, Tree for Me aims to boost the city’s tree cover to 40%

How it works

Step 1: Register for your free trees at Take a look online to choose your trees. They’ll be in mini size and easy to pick up.

Step 2: Come to the one of our events for your free trees and tree care workshop.

When: Thursday, September 27 from 3 pm – 7 pm
Saturday, September 29 from 10 am – 12 pm (workshop and tree pickup)

Where: It all happens at East Lynn Park, our workshop and tree pickup location!

For those with mobility issues, the City can come to your home on October 25th or 27th and plant your tree for you. If you live in a condo or cannot plant a tree in your backyard, we recommend the Serviceberry tree – they’re great on balconies or in planters. If the tree gets too big, you can always donate it back to the program!

Tip: Before you register, take Tree for Me’s short quiz to determine which tree you is right for you. The quiz will ask you a series of questions about where the tree will be planted (soil quality, amount of sunlight, etc…) and your goals for planting the tree (conserve energy, privacy, etc…). These questions will help match you with the best tree to suit your home’s environment and needs. All the trees provided through Tree for Me are native species to the area.

If you have questions about the event, please email or visit us at the Farmer’s Market on Thursdays. A tree for you, benefits for all!

Trees and Arts – things to do this weekend!

Summer may be winding down, but here are some things to do around the neighbourhood to keep your mind off of your September to-do list.

Stephenson Park Tree Tour & Community Picnic, Saturday August 26

2017 - Stephenson Park Tree Tour and Picnic - August 26


Main Squared Festival – Main & Danforth, August 26 – September 3


Main Squared
August 26 to September 3, 2017
Main and Danforth
Facebook Event Page

Main Squared is a free 9-day arts & community festival that will activate and explore the public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue in Toronto from August 26 – September 3, 2017.

Drawing inspiration and insight from historical “public squares” while tapping into community aspirations, the festival will invite residents, community members, and the general public to reimagine the square as a space for social engagement, discourse, and civic activism.

Blending contemporary art and community art projects, the festival will feature art installations, interactive activities, workshops, performances, and more.

Visit the Main Squared website to learn more about the Main Squared Artists & ProjectsCommunity WorkshopsVolunteer Opportunities, and more ways to Participate.

Check the Schedule for dates, times, and information about workshops, activities, marketplace, and performances.

Main Squared is produced by East Ends Arts. Contemporary art projects curated by Labspace Studio. Main Squared is a Cultural Hotspot Signature Project.


Nookflea, Sunday August 27, Valu-Mart Parking Lot (Cedarvale & Strathmore)


Join the Nooks for this free event. For more details, check out their Facebook event page.

Dirty talk on Tuesday

Soil is too important to be treated like dirt so join DECA Tree this Tuesday to learn how to protect and improve it!

Tuesday, September 8 | 7:00pm (program to start at 7:30) | 297 Wolverleigh Blvd

(This is someone’s house & there will be wine/beer on hand but feel free to BYOB)

soil grass roots

All your burning questions about dirt will be answered:
• Why is dirt so important to gardens, trees and the planet’s survival?
• Why are microbes your friends?
• Why does your favourite perennial never makes it past annual?
• Why do the leaves on your tulip tree turn yellow?
• Why do your hipster west end friends have soil so different from your sand bank on the Danforth?

2015 is the United Nations year of soil. Come out an learn about this precious resource, its nutrients, ability to hold water and why it’s important for the trees we lovingly care for.

Come prepared to  learn about and even play with soil, with educator Tina Scherz.

Click here to RSVP on the Facebook event. (If you don’t have Facebook or don’t want to RSVP, please just come anyway!)

Imagine the Danforth with us (May 11) + recap of other events

Please join DECA on Monday, May 11 at 7:00pm at Tobias House (695 Coxwell Avenue) for Imagine the Danforth.

This public forum will be an opportunity for the community to hear urban mentor and former chief planner for the City of Toronto, Paul Bedford, present the top 10 ideas for the Danforth generated from his planning students at the University of Toronto.  Joining them will be architecture students from Ryerson University, who will present their vision and development of the Danforth East Streetcar Yards (located south-east of the Danforth and Coxwell.)

This will be a fun opportunity to Imagine the future of the Danforth – hope to see you there!

imagine the danforth


Here are some other upcoming events that we’ve recently blogged about:

Wednesday, May 6 – Community consultation/brainstorm session to generate ideas for better city and healthier community for the 100in1Day Festival, to take place on June 6.   Details here.
Thursday, May 7 – The last day to nominate your favourite local business (anywhere in DECA boundaries, not only on the Danforth) for the DECA Gems competition. You’ll see lots of blog posts featuring some of the nominees, but keep nominating  (no limit to how many times)!!  Details here.
May 8-14 – Battle of the Gems – have your say on which of the four DECA Gem finalists should win!
Saturday, May 9 – Danforth Adopt-A-Tree kickoff meeting – Details here.
Monday, May 11 – Imagine the Danforth (scroll up for details!)
Thursday, May 14 – Panel of judges to crown the winner of the DECA gems competition. Details to come.
Saturday, June 13 – #DanforthEast Garage Sale day – start clearing out your basements! Details here.


Danforth Adopt-A-Street-Tree kick-off! May 9. noon-1:30pm

Big thanks to Catherine Dorton and our DECA Tree group for this post and for their unwavering commitment to our tree canopy
Have you noticed the new trees planted along the Danforth between Woodbine and Victoria Park? We need your help to care for these trees.
With the support of the Green Streets Grant awarded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada, LEAF has the opportunity to work closely with the City of Toronto and the Danforth community to develop an Adopt-a-Street-Tree Pilot Program for the 142 new street trees planted on the Danforth between Woodbine and Victoria Park. 
Kick-off party will be on May 9 @ 12-1:30pm – see poster for details. 
AAST Community Meeting Flyer

The objective of this pilot program is to foster a collaborative approach to protection and care of the city’s vulnerable street trees and to develop community tree care guidelines and a stewardship approach that can be replicated across Toronto. 

The Market This Week: Dinner, Storytime and Pegasus

Come for the produce, stay for dinner!  To make sure you have enough time in your day for a trip to your favourite local market, why not let the market take care of dinner planning and spend the whole evening at the park.  No need to pack a picnic yourself, a number of farmers and vendors would love to serve you dinner!  The full list of farmers and vendors can be found on our website.

FRESH Fries from Godelie Family Farm
FRESH Fries from Sun Ray Farm
Porchetta Sandwiches from Stock-in-Trade
Porchetta Sandwiches from Stock-in-Trade

The featured winery this week is Tawse Winery from Vineland, Ontario.

At 4:30 p.m. Toronto Public Library will be hosting storytime for the little ones. Please pull up a piece of grass and enjoy!  DECA Tree will be back this week with information about the adopt-a-tree program for the new trees planted in the park and general tree health.

Wellness Booth

Join Pegasus Studios at the Market! Pegasus Studios will be set up from 3:30-6:30. Visit their table to learn more about what Pegasus offers for young dancers, artists, actors and musicians. They are focused on the healthy development of children in a positive and fun environment. After the Story Time, at 5:15, Pegasus director, Jane Davis-Munro and faculty will pass on some of their most popular dance activities for healthy brain development, coordination and fun fitness. Parents, will learn invaluable activities to do with their young ones at home to keep their mind and body active with dance!


The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. between June 5 – October 9 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page.