Free backyard trees from Green Here

The following announcement is from Greenhere:

Free Trees for Your Backyard!

GreenHere is excited to announce its second Free Backyard Tree project to residents of Davenport west! Building on the success of the 2008 project, GreenHere is offering a broad variety of shade and fruit trees to residents in the project area.

You may be eligible for a free tree if:

  • You have a backyard with a plantable (unpaved) spot at least 4x4m
  • Your backyard is between Bloor St. W. and St. Clair Ave. W., and from the CPR/CNR tracks over to Christie St.
  • You are willing to commit to watering and mulching the young tree

GreenHere will do a site assessment, plant and mulch the tree, perform a tree care demonstration and provide a resource kit, all free of charge.

In return, we ask that you commit to basic watering and care of the young tree to ensure it grows to provide clean air, shade, better soil and to allow GreenHere to monitor the growth of the tree for long-term project tracking.

By getting a free tree planted, you are helping to provide your community with clean air, shade and improved soil.

Email: or call 416.901.2006

Hurry! The deadline for application is April 15th. Plantings will take place in the spring and fall of 2010.

The Free Backyard Tree Planting Project is made possible with funding from Livegreen Toronto and with support from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Community GO Green Fund.

Greenhere has done a fantastic job of getting more trees growing in our neighbourhood. If you're thinking of getting a new tree in your backyard, why not contact them to arrange for a free tree that comes with free setup and technical support! Can't go wrong with that. Be sure to contact them soon if you would like a tree planted in the Spring season.

In addition to Greenhere, there are a couple of other options for getting trees planted in your front or back yards:

  • LEAF - Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests: "Our Backyard Tree Planting Program offers native trees and shrubs to property owners at a subsidized cost. LEAF experts assist residents in making educated decisions about the type of tree that suits their property and where it should be planted. Since our first planting season in 1996 we have planted over 14,000 native trees and shrubs."
  • City of Toronto - Urban Forestry: "Urban Forestry Services plants trees on City owned street allowances fronting residential properties for free. Periodically, Urban Forestry Services will canvass neighbourhoods for tree planting opportunities."


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Residential Fruit-Picking Program: FREE

Not Far From the Tree

Not Far From the Tree picks fruit from trees that would otherwise go to waste. They help fruit tree owners make use of the abundance of fruit that their trees offer by dispatching teams of volunteers to harvest it for them. One third goes to the fruit tree owners, another third goes to the volunteers for their labour, and the final third is distributed (by bicycle or cart) to community organizations in the neighbourhood who can make good use of the fresh fruit.

You can register your tree at
Please note that you do not need to be home when volunteers come to pick your tree.