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Gibbon's Park

Project type: 
Park Naturalization

May 7, 2005

Over 150 Londoners gathered at Gibbon's Park on May 7 to plant shrubs and trees, buy a tree and learn how to plant it, and go on a walking tour of the park.

Naturalization Project - Over 150 new native shrubs were planted along the embankment near the tennis courts. Young and old participated in the planting, helping to improve the health and beauty of Gibbons Park. Nearly 20 trees were also planted in this new naturalization area.

Shade Trees for Saturn Playground - Three large native trees were planted around the Saturn playground to offer shade for the play area. These trees replace a willow tree loved by many generations of park-goers that was recently removed due to age.

Tree and Compost Sale and Planting Lesson - Londoners purchased native trees and compost to make their own backyards part of a healthy city.

John Graves Simcoe Elm Tree - A large new American Elm was planted near the picnic shelter and dedicated by Deb Matthews, MPP. The new tree replaces a very old and now dead tree that was growing on this same spot when John Simcoe first visited the Thames River in 1793.

Walking Tour - An walking tour of the park highlighted the ReForest London 150 project, as well as past naturalization projects and environmental features of the park.

Primary funding for this event was provided by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Community partnerships are critical to long term success and ReForest London 150 is proud to have the following partners in this multi-faceted event: City of London, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, Thames Canadian Heritage River Committee, and the St. George-Grosvenor Neighbourhood Association.

Many volunteers made the day a success

A father plants a tree with his sons.

The ground was perfect for digging and planting.

Working together to get the job done.