About TD Tree Days

Little girl at TD Tree Days event

Over 300,000 trees planted and counting!

As TD’s flagship volunteer and urban greening program, TD Tree Days provides TD employees, their families and friends, and community, the opportunity to volunteer and help build healthy, vibrant communities by caring for their local environment.

TD Tree Days is a program of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF), which has been helping to green communities across Canada since 1990. We work with dozens of organizations, including municipalities, conservation authorities and Aboriginal communities, who provide technical expertise to ensure that the right tree is properly planted in the right place. Since the program launched in 2010, over 300,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted with the help of volunteers across the country.

TD Tree Days is part of the #TDCommonGround Project which aims to grow and enhance parks and green spaces across the country, bringing communities together in exciting and diverse ways. In 2018, thousands of volunteers will come together to further enhance their local green spaces by planting trees and shrubs at over 150 sites across Canada.

Come back in July to register for an event near you!

If you are unable to join us on site, follow the action on Instagram and Twitter at #TDTreeDays.

The Ecological Value of Forests

Healthy forests and urban canopies play important roles in maintaining a healthy planet. By participating in TD Tree Days volunteers actively support forest stewardship, while making a tangible contribution to the well-being of their community and environment.

Woman planting a tree

In addition to their important economic, cultural and recreational value, the ecological value of forests is vital. Forests provide critical ecosystem services, including 1:

  • Capturing solar energy and create oxygen
  • Moderating local and regional climates
  • Storing water and affect water table
  • Developing and condition soils
  • Storing and recycling nutrients
  • Providing essentials of life to birds, fish and other wildlife
  • Adding to the planet’s biodiversity
  • Tempering the effects of global warming
  • Acting as carbon reservoirs
Man in forest

Similarly, urban canopies provide a broad array of well-known environmental, economic, and social benefits, including 2:

  • Sequestering of gaseous air pollutants and particulates.
  • Energy conservation through cooling, shade, and wind reduction
  • Storm-water attenuation
  • Noise buffering
  • Provision of wildlife habitat
  • Increased property value
  • Improved aesthetics and psychological well being

About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

From schoolyard naturalization and wildlife rehabilitation to tree plantings and environmental education, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is proud to provide funding to help sustain an incredible array of grassroots environmental programs across the country. Since 1990, TD FEF has supported over 25,000 projects with over $82 million in funding.

Funding recommendations are made by one of seven Regional Advisory Boards across the country, ensuring that decision-making is local, relevant and impactful.

And, because TD covers the management and administrative costs of running TD FEF, 100% of every dollar donated to the Foundation supports local environmental projects in the communities in which the donation was made.

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

About the TD Common Ground Project

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, TD helped strengthen our communities by revitalizing over 150 community parks and green spaces through the #TDCommonGround Project.

The #TDCommonGround Project will connect people through outdoor spaces through various initiatives, such as:

From natural playgrounds and community gardens, to supporting outdoor learning programs and community festivals, we’ll be helping more Canadians come together. To learn more about the projects and initiatives click here or visit commongroundproject.td.com.

1 – Canadian Forestry Association
2 – Tree Canada