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Are you a self-professed tree hugger?  Do you find yourself sitting on the couch sometimes thinking about the outdoors, but are unsure on what to do when you’re finally out there? Have kids who can’t get enough of the playground in the park? Or maybe you and your team and friends are in the park weekly, hanging before or after a game of something sporty.   This appeal is to you all!

Trinity Bellwoods Park was  the recipient of 91 new trees last fall, and they all need a neighbourly helping hand to help them settle in.  Although most have the gator bags to give them a head start, they still will need some loving to help them grow strong roots and eventually become overhead foliage.

What’s involved?

-        Weekly watering

-        An intent to commit for multiple years (we know life happens, but start with the intent and let’s go from there)

How does it work?

-        We provide the water source, the water jugs, and help you identify a tree close to your regular haunts

-        We’ll do ‘training’, and give you the low-down along with other ‘trainees’ in May

What’s the benefit?

-        Trees love it (and - dare we say - need it)

-        An excuse to visit the park

-        Gratification of nurturing a living thing (one that won’t ever ask to borrow the car)

How do you get involved?

-        Tell your  friends, classes, and local businesses about the program

-        Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For those who are already parents of trees, thank you for your ongoing care of our existing trees.  Communication will come out later in the spring as well to bring you up to speed on what’s going on, and check in on you and your ‘family’.


Ha, we spoke too soon.  Rather than being a season with no new sapling tree plantings and therefore a slow season for adopters, it turns out this is the year of new trees!

TB new RBC trees in bowl June 12 2014 b

On May 23rd four very small (1 foot high) Shagbark Hickorys (Carya ovata) were planted by Urban Forestry along the lip of the bowl inside the wooded area, on May 30th Parks planted four new trees in the south end just east of the gate flower beds as well as four small tree-shrubs around the Greenhouse, and on June 13th  a group of volunteers from Royal Bank Canada planted 28 (!) new trees on the north-east slopes of the bowl.  Doing the rounds last week we also discovered three new trees just south of the tennis courts which were planted in the fall of 2014.

And then on June 19th the 26 trees we were expecting this fall or next spring from Urban Forestry arrived. 

TBP new Euro Beech June 2014 B

"Eb" stands for European Beech

That's 69 new sapling trees!

This is wonderful news for the canopy succession in our favourite park.  We'd love to have them all adopted into our volunteer watering program. 

Want to join us in helping ensure they survive? 

Contact AAT coordinator Laura at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last friday, one of our dedicated tree adopters was surprised with a marriage proposal from her boyfriend in the Greenhouse! She said yes. Best wishes, Lindsay and Freddy! 

Wedding proposal in Greenhouse June 2014

PS - If you're curious about the adopt a tree program, have a look at the menu tab "Adopt-a-Tree" (above). We need more volunteers! Wedding proposals not included.



Great big welcome and thanks to Laura who is taking over as our Adopt A Tree Coordinator (a volunteer position).  The transition will take place over the coming weeks as I pass along our various lists and contacts.  Laura lives near the park and has been a tree adopter for the past two years, so is very familiar with what we're all up to.  Clearly she's also a believer in getting involved and giving back to the park too.

Although I now live a bit of distance from the park, I continue on as an adopter (two gorgeous young things in the north end of the park), and am looking to start an AAT program in a parkette closer to home.


The buggies, hoses, and jugs were deployed about ten days ago and the 2014 watering season is now open. 

The season is starting in the droughty end of things.  Total rainfall in May was less than 2" (50mm) and in the past two weeks less than 1/2" (12mm) of rain has fallen.

All to say --it's very dry.  Get out there and water!

We are always looking for new adopters, although as this 2014 season opens -- and for the first time in a number of years --  it looks like we're okay in that department.  Forty-plus cherry trees in the south end of the park graduated at the end of last summer, and many of you are interested in continuing involvement. (Fantastic!)   As well, about ten saplings were killed by our severe winter and those adopters will be moved to other trees.

Having said that, we notice five or six new trees appeared in the south end last week, and Urban Forestry advised us that four new Shagbark Hickories were planted along the north and west lip of the bowl.  They are only about 8" high -- so let's be extra careful of them.  Hickories have long tap roots and transplant best when very small.

FYI, we've been advised that Urban Forestry is planning about two dozen other new trees for the park to come this Fall or next Spring.

Have a great summer of watering everyone -- it's been a great pleasure to meet you all and to have been the AAT Coordinator the past six summers.

Best -- Michaelle McLean
FoTBP AAT Coordinator 2008-2014




Another Adopt A Tree season comes to a close -- it was a beautiful day yesterday when I went to pick up the buggies and jugs.

Thanks to my fellow Water Capitains Carole, Joanna and Nariman for keeping an eye on the water outlets and buggies, etc.

And a big pat on the back to all of us for doing our bit for the saplings in their formative years -- such an elegant way to give back to our park.  In case you're counting, the 2013 season was the seventh year of our Adopt A Tree watering program.

And speaking of the park -- isn't it looking gorgeous with fall colour this week!  I don't remember the sugar maples looking so swooningly swathed (sorry) in rich reds and oranges for some years.

TBP Tree 437 Sugar Maple Oct 10 2013

Tree #437  Sugar Maple - Oct 10/2013 (M. McLean)

TBP Tree 262 Hackberry Oct 2013

Tree #262 Hackberry on the SW edge of the circle drive - Oct 10/2013 (M. McLean)

I've only recently come to start to recognise a Hackberry and we've quite a few in the southern half of the circle in the south end of the park.  The younger trees have that hilarious bumpy bark.  It looks like the surface is crawling with corky caterpillars.  The leaves are a beautiful bright yellow this week.

TBP Tree 304 Red Green Ash Octo 2013 

 Tree #304  Red Green Ash in south end of the park - Oct 10/2013 (M. McLean)

#304 might be the largest Red Green Ash in the park.  It's out in the open so its got a beautiful shape and one can get back a bit and really admire it -- especially this week as the rich yellows work with the remaining green to give it a real sparkle.

The tree numbers refer to the Tree Inventory that Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park commissioned in 2009.

And if you want more information about the trees in our park check out the Tree Tours tab.

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