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ReForest London Newsletter
Enterprise SWM II - Sept. 22, 2016
ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Amanda were joined by 65 volunteers from Home Hardware, Tree Canada and St. Andre Bessette Catholic School. This was a very successful event, adding 221 trees to the multi-year planting at a stormwater management area in London. These trees will provide habitat for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife as well as helping to control stormwater flows and filter pollution. A special shout out to Donald Craig for his educational tree talk and to Ron Harris and Ivan Picott from Harris Home Hardware for organizing an event with us every year. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!
Testimonials about the event:
The Enterprise SWM planting this fall was inspiring, to say the least. Donald Craig from Tree Canada gave a speech about Ontario's forests and the importance of increasing urban forest cover and when I looked around, all of the students and teachers were paying close attention. Donald is a wealth of knowledge and helped to answer questions and give tree planting tips throughout the event. The students worked hard for the whole 3 hour event, some of them not taking a break until their teacher told them they had to! I love events where the impact is so immediate, both on the landscape and in the mind of the students.
We're always excited to get the chance to do projects that benefit not only terrestrial ecosystems but aquatic ones as well. By planting in stormwater management areas, we can not only improve woodland cover here in London, but also improve the quality of water as it travels through our city and reduce our impact on those communities further downstream. We are tremendously grateful to have the support of partners like Home Hardware, Tree Canada and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to make projects like this possible. Thank you again!