Stepping up to grow Microforests

Our community really showed up in 2023 to support our Microforest Program! From Woolwich to Wilmot, new microforests were planted not only with new types of trees and shrubs, but also serving new purposes.

With 69.6% of respondents interested in engaging with Microforests, this growth is likely to continue!




Trees Planted



New in 2023

1st flooding and erosion prevention planting of 200 trees in 1 location

1st time planting a food forest

1st time planting with students

1st time planting a memory garden

We planted microforests at:

5 Schools

We piloted the incorporation of children on school planting days, bringing out educator Nature Nate to teach the kids about why trees are important while we had them help plant, mulch and water their new microforest.

3 Businesses

We had some wonderful groups of corporate and student volunteers out to plant on the land of institutions and businesses, including the David Johnston R+T Park, Farm Mutual Re, and a Waterloo condominium corporation.

Voisin Park Planting

We partnered with Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region (BFO) and the City of Kitchener to create an event that allowed community members to plant a tree in memory of loved ones. This was followed by a ceremony run by BFO.

Click to view our Microforest map!

See a collection of where and when we planted all of our microforests.

Eminidowang Kitigaan | Spirit Garden for Everyone

On the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, we planted a food forest at Anishnabeg Outreach’s Eminidowang Kitigaan (Spirit Garden for Everyone). Different from our typical microforest, we planted fruit trees and shrubs that will provide apples, pears, cherries, apricots and plums to the community.

Thanks to those that helped make all our 2023 forests a success



Interested in joining the fun? The goal is to plant 15 more forests across the region in 2024. We always welcome new partnerships, sponsors, land donations, and volunteers. Please contact