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Parks,Trees anD Environment

What the Committee Does

As a volunteer committee of the Annex Residents' Association, the Parks,Trees and Environment Committee has a focus on maintaining and strengthening the quality of life in the Annex through various interests and projects, including ensuring the integrity, maintenance, and renewal of our existing parks and the infrastructure of the urban forest, and developing new parks to increase the limited green and open space, and to better meet the needs of the community in enjoying and fostering close ties with the natural elements that help sustain the built environment. To this end, we work closely with the community and neighbourhoods and various working committees of the Annex, with the representatives of the City Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department, and with the ward Councillor Joe Cressy and his office.

To become a member of the Parks ,Trees and Environment Committee, please send an email to:  parksandtrees@theara.org


Caring for trees in our community
There are many reasons why the Annex is one of the most desirable places to live in Toronto. But an important source of its charm is its trees. And their value is more than just aesthetic. It is estimated that trees increase the market value of homes by 18%, decrease utility bills by 8% and absorb carbon emissions from automobiles and trucks. In addition, the unseen tree root systems stabilize the water table. Please read the City of Toronto’s Sustaining and Expanding The Urban Forest: Toronto's Strategic Forest Management Plan 2012 - 2022 Report 

TreesPlease working group
The first ever community tree survey and planting program in Toronto was conducted in 1994 by the Annex community group 'Grassroots Albany', led by Amanda McConnell and the next survey was done 10 years later in 2004. Now the TreesPlease Working Group, under the auspices of the Annex Residents' Association (ARA), has substantially completed an inventory of trees in the Annex community. The TreesPlease Working Group, co-chaired by ARA members Polly Wells and Ramona Rea, will now move forward with the data collected regarding the identification and characteristics of our trees which was conducted by knowledgeable students from the Urban Forestry program at the University of Toronto, with the assistance of Prof. Andrew Kenney.

Why is this important?
It is clear the biodiversity and canopy of trees in the Annex has been depleted over time. It is also very clear that trees add significant economic and ecological advantages to our neighbourhood. While many trees in the Annex have died due to their natural aging process, others have been brought down because of neglect and disease.

We need YOU to help!
The process has begun with a group of dedicated volunteers forming the TreesPlease Working Group. Our TreesPlease team members include the former Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, Prof. Sandy Smith. We generally meet once per month, but we really need help from others who also have a passionate interest in preserving trees in the Annex.

Here is a list of TreesPlease Volunteer Activities:
  • Fundraising (grant applications, donations, tax receipts, management of process liaise with Evergreen)
  • Administration, bookkeeping, financial reporting, supplies, photocopying etc.
  • Tree surveying (assisting Forestry students in collecting and inputting data)
  • Volunteers (recruiting, maintaining database of volunteers)
  • Media/Community Liaison/Education (letting residents know about our project)
  • Photography and mapping
  • Co-ordinate ordering, delivery and community assistance with planting of trees (and LEAF liaison) for property owners who wish to add trees.
  • Report and letter writing (e.g. to ARA Board and for publication)
Please let us know if you would be willing to help either by volunteering some of your time in one of the above areas, or by making a financial donation. Click here for a donation form. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for amounts over $20.

We thank the following sponsors for their contributions and support:

Send an email with your contact information to parksandtrees@theara.org and we will be delighted to send you more information.

Thank you for all that you do to help preserve our trees and protect the Annex natural environment.

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