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May 1, 2006
Mayor David Miller proclaims Saturday, April 29, Trees Across Toronto Day
Mayor David Miller today proclaimed Saturday, April 29, Trees Across Toronto Day, stating, “our urban forest is an inheritance that we must grow if we wish to have a beautiful city for generations to come. Trees Across Toronto and the Tree Advocacy Planting Program remind us that we must be stewards of our natural features.”

Mayor Miller joined the City’s Tree Advocate, Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, the General Manager of Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Brenda Librecz and hundred of volunteers at the Sun Valley site in the third annual Trees Across Toronto planting event. Planting events took place at five locations across the city.

“The idea behind Trees Across Toronto and the Tree Advocacy Planting Program is that citizen giving is needed to enhance the City of Toronto’s tree planting efforts and help replenish Toronto’s urban forest,” said Deputy Mayor Pantalone. “The program has been a great success. Since its inception in 1999, more than 300,000 trees and shrubs have been planted with the help of over 12,000 volunteers and various contractors at over 300 locations in Toronto. As we saw today, we have committed partners in the private sector and volunteers in the community who are all doing their part for the urban forest.”

Trees Across Toronto and the Tree Advocacy Planting Program is supported by: Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto Hydro Corporation, Toronto Parking Authority, Direct Energy, Enbridge Gas Distribution, HSBC Bank Canada, Loblaw Companies Limited, Lomco Limited, Sun Life Financial, Starbucks, Family Channel, DECODE Entertainment, the Children’s Television Series ‘Naturally, Sadie’, Toronto Star, CFRB 1010 and Creative Outdoor Advertising.

“Parks, natural spaces and the urban forest shape our environment and the environment is one of our divisions’s top three priorities,” noted Brenda Librecz. “Parks, Forestry and Recreation continue to work with community organizations and individuals to ensure that our environmental heritage is restored and maintained for the benefit of the community.”

People who could not participate in the planting events were invited to plant a tree on their own property. Loblaws is selling native trees and shrubs that have been recommended by the City Forester and $5.00 from the sale of each tree will be donated to the Tree Advocacy Planting Program. The Tree Advocacy Planting Program also accepts donations through their web site,, or by calling 416-392-1111.

Media contact:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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