The Toronto Tree Tours – a partnership between award winning organizations Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) and the Toronto Public Space Committee are teaming up with Urbanspace to host a tour of the green roofs at 401 Richmond and 215 Spadina with stops to see urban greenery in between.
Beginning and ending on rooftops and exploring the urban forest in-between, the tour focused on the creation of green spaces where they were not an original design consideration. The group viewed the urban forest canopy from green roofs atop office buildings that were once factories and learned about what types of vegetation thrive in challenging urban conditions. We also made stops at some street trees that have been adopted by local businesses and a giant vine believed to be the oldest living thing in the area.
A virtual version of this tour will be posted at www.treetours.to.
On Saturday May 26 + Sunday May 27 401 Richmond opened it's doors for the seventh annual Doors Open Toronto event. The city-wide event provides an opportunity for the public to get inside almost 150 buildings of architectural or historic significance in Toronto.
This year the City event teamed up with the Clean Air Partnership to offer a special program focused on green buildings. We had a staggering number of visitors come to the building to go on a guided tour with Communications Director Erin MacKeen and spend some time in our roof garden.
Arborist Todd Irvine makes a stop in the 401 Richmond courtyard.
The tour group spends some time looking at the new trees planted around the perimetre of the 401 parking lot.
Visitors in the courtyard at 401 during Doors Open Toronto.
Entrance to 401 Richmond.