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Toronto Just Got A Little Greener: Students help launch initiative that will double the GTA urban forest canopy

Oct 30, 2012


TORONTO, October 30, 2012 - On Friday, November 2, students from Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School will join Trees for Life, a newly formed urban tree coalition founded by Canada's favourite gardener Mark Cullen, to celebrate the transformation of a barren school parking lot and property into a thriving urban forest.

Landscape Ontario, Black Creek Conservation Project, Toronto and Region Conservation, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Brookdale Treeland Nurseries, and the City of Toronto Urban Forestry Division have worked together with Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School to plant 82 large caliper trees, as part of a larger urban forestry initiative.  The organization's goal is to double the tree canopy and enhance the urban forest in the Greater Toronto Area.


WHAT:          Ceremonial Trees for Life Tree Planting



  • Mark Cullen, Trees for Life founder and celebrity gardener
  • Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
  • David Love, Executive Director, Living City Foundation
  • Phil Charal, President, Landscape Ontario
  • Vince Russiello, Principal, Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School
  • Laura Albanese, MPP, York-South Westion
  • Students from Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary


WHEN:          Friday, November 2

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


WHERE:       Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School parking lot 2 Avon Avenue, adjacent to the school, which is located at 99 Humber Boulevard in Ward 11


Photo Opportunities:

  • Speaking remarks at 9:30 am
  • Students planting final trees and mulching at 10:00 am


About Trees for Life

Trees for Life is a coalition of not-for-profit organizations and government agencies dedicated to doubling the tree canopy and enhancing the urban forest in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 2011 by well-known gardener, broadcaster and author Mark Cullen, the Trees for Life steering committee includes senior staff from Evergreen, Landscape Ontario, Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), Ontario Parks Association, Ontario Urban Forest Council, Toronto Botanical Garden, Toronto Park People, Toronto and Region Conservation, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, Compost Council of Canada, the City of Toronto and Trees Ontario.


Trees for Life is a campaign of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, an alliance of organizations advocating for investment and protection for green infrastructure, including urban forests, at the provincial scale.


Media Contacts:

For more information or to arrange an interview with Mark Cullen please contact Brenda Hensley at 905-665-0820 or by email at


Tashlin Hirani, Manager, Corporate Communications, TD Bank Group 416-982-3375 or

Rowena  Calpito, Supervisor Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation 416-661-6600 ext 5632 or

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