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Former Scarborough Councillor Edith
Montgomery and Toronto Councillor
Raymond Cho help FRW hold ceremonial
cheque from the Friends of the
Environment Foundation.

The Friends of the Environment Foundation (FEF) has supported FRW community conservation projects for more than a decade.     

FRW greatly appreciates the wonderful conservation work made possible through the support of Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank and its customers for the FEF. Thousands of TD Bank customers support FEF programs by approving a small monthly donation from their account.  

Dozens of schools have planted trees and created beautiful and educational wildflower gardens with funding from FEF. FEF funding helps to purchase trees, shrubs, shovels and supplies.

From 1993 to 2003, FRW has involved more than 16,000 volunteers in the planting of more than 160,000 trees, shrubs and wildflowers with the help of FEF.

Some of the FRW and School planting projects supported by FEF are:

  • Toronto Zoo (1993)
  • Pearse House (RVCC) (1993)
  • Milne Conservation Area in Markham (1994 and 1995)
  • Toronto Zoo (1996, 1997)
  • Hillside Outdoor Education School (1999-2003)
  • Barkey Creek Riparian Corridor Restoration (2000)
  • Sir Samuel B. Steele Public School (2001)
  • Fleming Public School (1997-2003)
  • Satec Porter Secondary School (2002)
  • Charles Gordon Public School (2002)
  • Centennial Public School (2003)
  • West Rouge Public School (2003)

Many of the early sites planted by FRW now boast hundreds of trees which are more than 20 feet tall. With each year, these trees grow geometrically and:

  • filter and oxygenate more air;
  • store and recycle more water;
  • provide more habitat and food for birds and wildlife;
  • recycle more leaf mulch to improve soil fertility;
  • provide more shade from harmful UV sun rays;
  • provide a better wind break to reduce winter wind chill;
  • evapotranspire more water in summer to moderate summer heat;
  • absorb more carbon dioxide to reduce global warming,and
  • provide more landscape beauty. 

Through its support for community and school greening projects, the FEF program is having a lasting impact on the health of our ecosystems and communities.

FRW hopes that TD Bank will continue the FEF Program for many years to come.  This program definitely serves important community, environmental and educational purposes.