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Académie de la Tamise

Project type: 
Greening our Schoolyards

Spring 2006

Académie de la Tamise, a francophone school at Dundas and Highbury, celebrated the planting of over 60 native trees on the schoolyard. Students planted about 100 white pine seedlings, trembling aspen and white birch trees, along with acorns, along the back fence of the school.

Additionally, seven new large shade trees were planted on the nearly treeless playground. Students also planted a large garden of perennials and other plants that will attract butterflies.

The project was a partnership of generous families at Académie de la Tamise, ReForest London, and a number of surrounding businesses, including Kellogg’s, Mister Transmission, PartSource and MacMaster Chevrolet. The white pine seedlings were donated to ReForest London by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

About 60 students helped to plant seedlings and acorns.

Planting a white pine seedling.

The large shade trees, planted by VanDenNest Nursery, were mulched to protect them.

Josh VanDenNest shows the kids how to spread the mulch.

Following the planting, students gathered for a lesson on tree care and a story.

Teacher Megan Williams presents a representative from Kelloggs, one of the sponsors of the project, with a certificate of appreciation.