Today marked the second year of Toronto’s “100in1Day”, a global movement that encourages citizens to get involved in their community and participate in positive initiatives across the city. The event included over 134 interventions, walks and gatherings city-wide, including one led by Cabbagetown ReLEAF’s very own Rui Felix. In conjunction with James Steenberg, this scenic walk through the streets of Cabbagetown reintroduced us to the beauty, diversity and functionality of our favourite neighbourhood’s urban forest. Oh, what a beautiful day it was for civic engagement!
Starting our walk through Riverdale Farm, we were reminded about the fragility of our most treasured resource. From extreme weather events to insufficient care, the trees of our urban forest face many challenges. Our trees are an essential part of our community and should be treated with respect and the utmost care, something that is not unfortunately always the case. It’s not all bad news, though! Our fearless leaders were quick to remind us that, as much as we are the source of many of the problems plaguing our urban forest, we are also part of the solution. Through proper tree care and maintenance, our efforts can go a long way to ensuring that we always have large, healthy trees in Cabbagetown.
Making our way through the Toronto Necropolis to Wellesley Park, we were told tales of introduced species, insect pests and the doomed fate of some of our most valued tree species. Our urban forest is evolving, for better or for worse, and our greatest challenge is learning to keep up with it as we also strive to make positive changes that will benefit many generations to come. An example of this was evident as our group wandered down to join The Friends of Regent Park in their Party in the Park. As part of the party, community members were invited to participate in a tree-mulching workshop. Proper mulching is a great way to maintain moisture in the soil, prevent weeds and grass from competing with your young tree and protect the trunk from incidental damage and compaction. It’s also a great way to show you care!
The day was a huge success. From glorious sunshine to great presenters, everyone learned a lot and had fun doing so. So go outside and show a little love to our wooded friends! Plant a tree, water a tree, hug a tree; do whatever it takes to make a 100in1 improvements to our urban forest.
Cabbagetown Tree Tour with James Steenberg and Rui Felix
Mulching Workshop for Friends of Regent Park with Emma Thurston