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The Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Project

Our local tree canopy needs your help and so does our air!
The Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Project supports neighbours to green our streets. Free front yard trees are available from the City. Navigate the red tape and get more green in our neighbourhood!


Get A Tree

Want a free front-yard tree? It's easy!

  • Pick your first and second choice of tree species - see the list of trees recommended for southeast Toronto
  • Download and print (pdf) the simple application form
  • Complete the form, and send or drop it off to
    The Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Project
    South Riverdale Community Health Centre
    955 Queen Street East (between Carlaw and Pape)
    Toronto, ON M4M 3P3

Then what?

In a few weeks, a Toronto Urban Forestry inspector will come to your house to make sure the site is appropriate for a tree. In most cases, the answer is yes! The inspector will not contact you and you do not have to be home for this visit.

If your tree will be planted in the Leslieville or Riverdale area, a Tree Project volunteer will drop off a small yard sign to remind you your tree is on its way.

In the fall or spring, your new tree will appear. Urban Forestry staff will plant the tree for you. You do not have to be home, and they will not provide advance notice since planting times depend on species availability, weather, utility clearances, and other factors.

Want a tree in your backyard?

Good choice! Over 80% of available space for planting trees in Toronto is in private backyards. Backyard trees are not free, but you can request a native species tree at a subsidized rate from LEAF. Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) is an organization that helps people in Toronto select and plant native trees in backyards. Start the process here.