What happens to a tree in Downtown Toronto at the end of its life?
Ever see an orange dot painted on a tree? That dot means it will be removed by the City - old age, disease, development, whatever the reason. The majority are then ground into wood chips for landscaping mulch. While that's a big improvement over direct landfill dumping, we recognized in 2016 that there was an even more impactful opportunity to be had - one that would both celebrate the beauty of the tree and reduce CO2 emissions, all while bringing a focus back to our vital Urban Forest.
Thousands upon thousands of tonnes each year
There are over 10 million trees in Toronto, and when wood gets ground into mulch, it’s not only expensive for Torontonians, but we miss the opportunity to sequester all that carbon. Wood is on average 50% carbon, and when that wood becomes a table the carbon is secure. Our data tells us that if we sequestered all the carbon in all the trees coming down in Toronto annually, it would be equivalent to taking 60,000 cars off the road!
By connecting with the material, a sense of responsibility ... a love... takes root
What joy do you get from your IKEA table? What story can you tell about your Wayfair desk? With little attachment and meaning associated with our goods and who is making them, they become easily disposable. Instead, there are countless beautiful, century - old oaks, maples, ashes, walnuts, and others right here - you know, the ones that grace our parks and streets and take hundreds of years to reach their majestic size. They are an important part of the fabric of our city and should remain a part of our lives.
Recognizing a resource
Our story started with an issue of wasted opportunity, and what our journey has taught us is that by opening your eyes and "just being", you'd be surprised by what resources are all around. We've recognized that we can make a difference, and must to create a sustainable city. Less waste. Less need to ship in goods by truck or container ship. More connection to the natural world at our doorsteps.
From Hogtown to Logtown
Welcome to 2 Tecumseth.
In the heart of our city, tucked behind the excitement of King West, stands a place that once saw 6000 pigs a day slaughtered, providing sustenance for our city and province. Closed down in 2014, it is now being reclaimed and imagined as a sustainable neighbourhood, where Garrison Creek once flowed into the lake. Thanks to the incredible vision of TAS Design Build, Woodsy is helping build our city of the future alongside urban beekeeping company Alveole and a public garden by the Bowery Project.
Woodsy strives to be a movement where everyone is welcome to join. We want to invite you to join us in getting to know our fascinating Urban Forest. We are imagining a smarter, greener, healthier city of the future, and we know we can only do it together. So come take a walk and Just be Woodsy 🚶♂️🚶♀️🌳👍