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Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation Celebrates Earth Day 2017 with Community Tree Events

April 21, 2017
Toronto, April 21, 2017 – This Earth Day, April 22, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is excited to partner with community organizations to highlight the importance of urban trees and take action to grow Toronto’s tree canopy. 

It’s all part of ‘Every Tree Counts’, the capital fundraising, tree planting challenge, and public awareness campaign in support of the goal of 40% tree cover for Toronto. Toronto City Council adopted this goal in 2013 as part of the City of Toronto's Strategic Forest Management Plan. The 2017 Every Tree Counts campaign’s impact and reach will grow through Tree For Me and other key programs, with a focus on private land tree planting.  
 
Events this Earth Day include:

The 19th Annual Spring Clean-up and Planting Day at Centennial College Progress Campus: Centennial's Environmental Student Society (ESS) is hosting this event from 9:30am to 12:30pm, and invites everyone to pitch in, win draw prizes and enjoy a Free BBQ lunch! Post a photo of how you're helping make our community greener for a chance to win a new Bike! Volunteers are needed to plant native trees and shrubs supplied by Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, do spring maintenance and clean up waste.  

Friends of Oakridge Park Tree For Me Event at Oakridge Park: Join the Friends of Oakridge Park from 10am to 2pm for Oakridge Park Eco Day. This fun-filled event includes a Tree For Me event where residents can get their free tree and the know-how on how to properly plant and care for it! Pre-registration required via www.treeforme.ca. If you can make this event, pre-register for any of the other Tree For Me events coming up via www.treeforme.ca. The Tree For Me grant program empowers community partners to host events that carefully match residents with free native trees from local seed stock, and educates them on tree planting and seasonal care.  
For more information go to www.treeforme.ca and www.everytreecounts.ca
 
About Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation
 
The Foundation has been helping Toronto transform its parks and green spaces since 2002. We work in partnership with the City of Toronto, community groups, neighbourhoods, individuals and the business community to reimagine local green spaces and improve the health of Toronto’s urban forest by supporting tree planting and stewardship efforts, with a focus on private land. We work in tandem with the City’s front yard tree program, and the numerous neighbourhood tree advocates across our city.
 
For more information, media, and donation inquiries, please contact:
Carla Grant, Executive Director, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation
416.465.7555 | carla.grant@tptf.ca  | www.torontoparksandtrees.ca  |  www.everytreecounts.ca
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