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Emily Carr P.S. students plant trees in Norwest Optimist Park

Project type: 
Greening our Schoolyards

On May 12, 2015, over 300 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 at Emily Carr Public School participated in a tree planting event at Nor'west Optimist Park, adjacent to the schoolyard. 

As part of their participation in the School Community Tree Challenge, students helped to plant 17 new large shade trees in the park along the colonnade, which will bring shade to the community walkway and park. Students use this park daily for outdoor play, and it is also a well-loved and heavily utilised neighbourhood park.

18 classes participated in the planting event, and each class pledged to adopt their tree. Students and family volunteers will help to care for the new trees in the coming months by watering and weeding. 

ReForest London Project Leader Gabriele Sanio and School Community Tree Challenge coordinator Brianne Curry led each group of students in a brief lesson on native trees, and showed students how to plant the trees. Each class assisted with planting and covering their newly planted tree with a protective layer of mulch, and with watering their tree.

Emily Carr Public School Principal Matthew Chevalier and Teachers David Goz & Sue Ponting assisted with organization of this event. Says Chevalier, "Thank you for all of your help and support with this project. I think it went very well and it looks great!".  

We also recieved positive feedback from neighbourhood residents who wrote to us to show their appreciation for the new trees: "This is a huge improvement to the neighbourhood and school property. Really amazing initiative. Thanks ReForest London and Emily Carr Public School!" wrote one community member.  

This project was funded through a partnership between the City of London and ReForest London as a part of the School Community Tree Challenge. ReForest London acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Arcangelo Rea Foundation, and to the City of London. Special thanks to Vanessa Kinsley for assistance with helping this project come to fruition. 



To learn more about the School Community Tree Challenge, please click here