Coral Gable Red Oak still needs our help

Back in January we posted that the City had agreed to help protect what may well be the oldest and most historically-important tree in Toronto by purchasing a residential property on Coral Gable Dr., with the intention of converting the land in to a parkette.

The catch? By Council’s direction, completion of the sale is conditional upon Torontonians donating 50 percent of the estimated property value – a sum of $430,000, due by December 12, 2020.

Donations have been trickling in, some in quite an inspiring fashion. Nine-year-old Sophia Maiolo has been actively fundraising in the neighbourhood and has donated over $2,000 herself! The Cullen family have made a $100,000 commitment to the effort. But despite such remarkable contributions, as of mid-September only 33% of the required funds have been raised. With only a couple of months to go before the deadline it’s critical that Torontonians reach deep if this amazing tree is to saved and a new parkette created.

Protect the Red Oak now

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The Toronto Field Naturalists wish to acknowledge this land through which we walk. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississauga of the Credit River. Today it is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be on this land.