Adopt-A-Tree

Join the Friends of Trinity Belllwoods Park (FoTBP) volunteer Adopt-A-Tree (AAT) program and help keep the park’s newly planted trees alive through their precarious first four years when their root systems are still shallow. 

It’s easy – sign up for a specific young tree and from spring to fall make sure it gets five gallons (20L) of water each week when there’s been no or insufficient rainfall for its first four years. It’s a terrific thing to do with kids or while walking the dog. There are taps in the park and FoTBP provides bundle buggies and plastic jugs to carry the water to your tree. The Memorial trees are not part of Adopt-A-Tree program.

Status Sept. 2021: Currently we do not have an AAT coordinator. Interested? Contact us for more information.

The Tree Tour

Download a free tour guide of the many trees in the park.

About Adopting a Tree

Adopters generally sign up for four years but some move out of the neighbourhood or their situation changes. There are also new trees planted on an ongoing basis. Take care of a young tree and become a proud parent, like so many before you! Gratifying to contribute to your neighbourhood environment and the most simplistic skills of ‘parenting’ required ;-).

What’s involved:

  • It’s free to join
  • Five gallons (20L) of water a week from May to October
  • Weeding around the tree’s base to avoid competition for the water
  • Spring and/or fall mulching which helps slow water evaporation, prevents the mowers from damaging the bark and keeps the weeds down.

In the spring or fall, the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park organize, in cooperation with City Parks, a mulching day for the trees.

Adopt-A-Tree Background

The Trinity Bellwoods Park’s tree canopy is a big part of its appeal and majesty. The FoTBP Adopt-A-Tree program was established in 2006 by Friend of the park, Jenna Hofbauer when she and other park neighbours realized city staff were often stretched too thin to maintain sufficient watering in the young trees’ first years. It takes three to five years for the saplings to develop deep enough root systems to survive a lack of rainfall. Since many of us are in the regularly it was an easy decision to “adopt” a tree and water it regularly to help ensure the survival of succession trees and the continue renewal of the magnificent tree canopy.  Jenna moved out of the neighbourhood and spring 2008 Michaelle McLean took it on until spring 2014 when Laura Jamer became the new Adopt-A-Tree Coordinator and now Katherine who held the job from 2016 to 2020. Currently we do not have a coordinator.

Did you know? The FoTBP’s AAT program – the first in Toronto – was the inspiration for Park People and LEAF’s Adopt A Park Tree program!  FoTBP was happy to share the experience and expertise for their brochure. Both these organizations are fantastic resources.

Like a well-watered tree, good ideas grow!

Tree Reports

2010 Tree Report

2010 Tree Report Appendix

Adopt-A-Tree Park Map