Tree For Me, an initiative powered by the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and in partnership with the City of Toronto, is a community-led program dedicated to helping create a healthier, greener city.

about the program

Tree For Me matches residents of Toronto with a free, native tree that they can pick up at a neighbourhood Tree For Me event. Tree For Me is a granting program for community and charitable groups who would like aid in the goal of increasing Toronto’s tree canopy to 40% by 2050.

community partners

Each spring and fall, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation provides community and charitabel organizations with grants to support their environmental efforts by bringing Tree For Me events to Toronto neighbourhoods. The program provides a free, native tree to homeowners and tenants who have permission to plant a tree on private land.

Are you a member of a charity and interested in bringing Tree For Me to your neighbourhood? Email info@tptf.ca to learn more.

how it works

  • 1. Get matched with the most appropriate tree for you. You’ll need to know where you plan to plant your new tree and the soil type.
  • 2. Register for a community event near you!
  • 3. TPTF will send a confirmation email and reminder emails closer to the date so you don’t miss out!
  • 4. Attend your community Tree For Me event and take part in the brief tree stewardship workshop. Now you’re set to plant!
  • 5. Make your tree count towards Toronto's tree planting goals by logging it on our tree counter at greenleafchallenge.ca

Toronto’s trees are estimated to reduce energy costs by $9.7 million annually.

spring 2017 trees and resources

Click on the tree to learn more about it.

Toronto‘s urban forest is a vital asset with an estimated replacement value of $7 billion.

2017 Spring Events

    Friends of Oakridge Park

  • April 22, 2017

    Registration closed.

    Tree tally: 150

  • Beaches Triangle Residents Association

  • May 7th, 2017

    Registration closed.

    Tree tally: 75

  • Glen Ravine Junior Public School

  • May 10th, 2017

    Registration closed.

    Tree tally: 92

  • Rockcliffe-Smythe Community Association

  • May 13th, 2017

    Registration closed.

    Tree tally: 204

  • Regal Heights Residents Association

  • May 14th, 2017

    Registration closed.

    Tree tally: 61

  • Voice Integrative School

  • May 26th, 2pm-4pm

    VIS outdoor play area, 50 Gristmill Ln

    Registration is now closed.

  • Agincourt Community Services Association

  • May 27th, 11am-1pm

    Chester Le Community Corner, 201 Chester Le Blvd

    Registration is now closed. A limited number of trees will be available for walk-ups.
  • Bayview Village Residents Association

  • May 27th, 10am-1pm

    Forest Grove United Church, 43 Forest Grove Dr.

    Registration is now closed. A limited number of trees will be available for walk-ups.

Delivery available for persons with limited mobility

TPTF has partnered with TreeMobile to ensure that ALL Toronto residents can have access to a tree. If you are unable to plant a tree due to limited physical mobility, TreeMobile and their team of volunteers will deliver and help plant your tree. Next round of deliveries will take place in October. To learn more, please contact info@tptf.ca


We are no longer taking delivery requests for spring 2017.


Contact with nature has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Toronto’s urban forest stores 1.1 million metric tonnes of carbon.

frequently asked questions

I rent my apartment/house, can I still get a free tree?

Renters can receive a tree and plant it with the permission of the landlord.

How long is the workshop at a Tree for Me event?

The workshop lasts approximately 20-30 minutes but we suggest giving yourself a full hour to attend the event.

Am I required to take part in the workshop?

Yes; we provide participants with a free tree in exchange for their time to learn how to plant and care for their new tree.

How can I transport my tree from a Tree for Me event?

Our seedlings are small enough to put in the back seat of your car, in your grocery trolley, or carry with you on TTC. Your tree will be approximately 1-5 feet in height and planted in a 1-2 gallon bucket, weighing roughly 2-5 lbs. People who are unable to plant a tree due to limited physical mobility can request that their tree be delivered. To request delivery, please email info@tptf.ca or call 416-465-7555 by April 25th.

Why are the trees free?

Tree For Me is designed to remove barriers that may otherwise prevent residents from accessing a tree to plant in their yard. By providing trees for free, in exchange for your time to learn how to properly plant and care for the tree, you are supporting Toronto’s Every Tree Counts campaign. We believe that your time and effort qualifies you to receive a free tree.

Why can I only choose native trees?

The trees from Tree For Me are native to Toronto's seed zone. Our trees are best suited to grow in Toronto's urban environment, giving them the best chance for long-term growth.

I've signed up to receive a tree at my neighbourhood event but I can no longer attend, can I send someone to pick up my tree?

Yes, as long as the at person picking up your tree is willing to take part in the workshop and will be one of the people planting the tree.

I need to cancel/adjust my order. How can I do that?

Email info@tptf.ca or call 416-465-7555 with your name, event and changes that need to be made.

Is there anything I need to do before digging a hole in my yard?

Yes! You are required to call Hydro One before you dig a hole on your property. Please contact 1-800-400-2255 or submit an e-ticket www.on1call.com

I don’t live in Toronto, can I still get a free tree?

At the moment our program provides trees to City of Toronto residents with the goal of increasing Toronto’s tree canopy cover.

Who will take care of my tree?

You will! With the knowledge you gain at the Tree for Me workshop and information that you will receive via email, you will have the skills to take care of your new tree.

Where do your trees come from?

Our friends at Baker Forestry Services provide us with seedlings grown from seeds collected within Toronto’s seed zone.

Of the total tree population of Toronto: 6% are street trees, 34% are in parks and 60% are on private property – therefore, private property owners control a majority of the existing and potential tree canopy.

support

  • donate

    Your support will help us bring more trees to more residents.

    Make a donation.
  • sponsor

    Learn more about corporate sponsorships by emailing info@tptf.ca or calling 416-465-7555.

  • volunteer

    We have volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

    Submit your application
  • host an event

    Want to bring Tree For Me to your neighbourhood?

    Email info@tptf.ca to find out how you can start a tree-planting initiative in your community.

To meet the tree canopy target of 40%, 300,000 trees must be planted in Toronto each year. Current estimates show only half this target is being met.