Cabbagetown ReLEAF Tree Stewardship is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote a healthier, more resilient urban forest through research, education and engagement.
Our vision is to create resilient and dynamic urban green spaces that bring people together. Through education, citizen action and meaningful partnerships, we believe a greener, healthier Toronto will support stronger, healthier communities.
Emma Thurston, Education Manager
'Growing up in the GTA, I have always loved Toronto's green spaces. Over the years, however, I have come to understand that urban nature is about more than parks and street trees. It is about our connection with nature in the city and a deeper understanding of how ecology and society play out together to make our city a better, stronger and more resilient community.'
Sven Gleisner, Project Manager, Photographer
'I have always loved taking pictures of natural environments while practicing mountaineering. My work with Cabbagetown ReLEAF allows me to learn how to capture not only the beauty of our surrounding, but the unique character of the everyday heroes that work together in community initiatives to improve ourselves by taking care of our urban forest.'
Hilary Browning, Community Outreach
'Having volunteered with Not Far From the Tree since 2010, I am a big fan of the gifts trees give us. My favourite tree hands down is the cedar. Its ancient durability, medicinal properties and multiple uses resonate with her. I've drank cedar tea, made rope from its bark, and can be found taking a deep breath when ever I pass one.'
Ted Wilson, Silviculturist
'Inspiring advances in the science and practice of sustainable forestry. I have led research and technology development projects related to seedling quality enhancement, species diversification to enhance ecological resilience. I am a proud Scots-Canadian.'
Theresa Reichlin, MFC Candidate, U of T Forestry
'Recipient of the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. Participating in an international work exchange in Europe during the summer of 2017.'
David Grant, Founder
'Giving trees the best start in life. Growing new native trees with healthy fibrous roots in Air-Pot containers.'
Cabbagetown’s natural heritage also needs a champion. This is why a unique organization like Cabbagetown ReLEAF is essential. Cabbagetown’s urban forest is an integral part of its magic. But it is aging. It is in dire need of protection, care, and advocacy, which is exactly what Cabbagetown ReLEAF is all about.
Since the inception of Cabbagetown ReLEAF, the CPA has been a strong supporter and will continue to do so. Cabbagetown ReLEAF has shown an enormous amount of leadership and creativity and has become an indispensable member of our community.
Gilles Huot, Co-chair
Cabbagetown Preservation Association
Cabbagetown ReLEAF is a registered non-profit organization with a mission to promote a larger, healthier urban forest. Through public outreach and events, this group of passionate tree stewards has worked tirelessly to promote education and activism in their community. This focus on supporting our green infrastructure through planting, tree protection, tree care, and advocacy is much needed, and one that I strongly believe should be encouraged through political and financial support.
Despite no permanent staff, the team is a Working Board with responsibilities for managing governance and strategic planning within the community. Their projects are volunteer-driven, with a current goal of training about 15 volunteers each year as Tree Stewards. These Stewards will help educate the public about local urban forest issues through community events and outreach. They will also play a pivotal role in helping community members access new trees and the resources needed to care for them.
It is this type of private-public collaboration and initiative that defines an urban movement, and one that is essential to the successful greening of our City. I offer them my full support.
Dr. Sandy Smith, Forest Health
Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto