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Greenspace Transformation: Argyle's Mary Immaculate Parish & St. Robert Catholic School Collaboration

Project type: 
Neighbourhood Re-Leaf

Thanks to the hard work of one of our Neighbourhood Tree Captains, Matthew Juszczynski, this year we were able to do three projects in the Argyle neighbourhood in east London, completely transforming the area's greenspace.

Our neighbourhood greening efforts kicked off with the installation of St. Robert Catholic School's new reading circle in spring 2013, which included 5 large calliper trees and 15 native shrubs. What a difference it made to the school ground.

In the fall of 2013, we worked again with the students to plant a pair of naturalization projects along the back of the schoolyard, to provide separation between the playground and the Mary Immaculate Parish parking lot. We also planted over 30 whips and large calliper "shade" trees along the two trails that run along the edge of the property, used by both children going to school and community members making their way north through the Argyle neighbourhood.

The weather was looking awfully threatening on planting day but we were lucky to have a team of volunteers from Deloitte at an aftercare project that morning for Deloitte's annual Community Impact Day who generously agreed to drive all the way to the east end from Byron to be our calvary and come help get the larger plants in the ground at St. Robert's when things got too wet for the students. Thank you again to all the members of the calvary that day!

Then it was on to Mary Immaculate! With the help of parishioners, the first 75 of 111 trees and shrubs destined for this site were planted this past September, creating the start of a new woodland patch on the east side of the property, as well as planting some larger whips to help border the parking lot. A second planting for the larger stock on took place in October, planting the rest of the trees.

These plantings were an amazing collaboartion adding to the greeness of the Argyle area and were made possible thanks to the support of TD Friends of the Environment, Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds, Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) and contributors to our TreeCycle program. Thank you all for your support!