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Kiwanis Park

Project type: 
Park Naturalization

Kiwanis Park Naturalization
November 12, 2005 and April 29, 2006

Nearly 100 Londoners showed up on a sunny warm November morning to plant about 150 native trees and shrubs at Kiwanis Park in southeast London. From Brownies earning their tree badge to high schoolers earning community service hours to Kiwanis Club members giving even more to a park they helped create over 40 years ago, a huge variety of people came out to ReForest London's Birthday Party for London.

Pottersburg Creek runs through Kiwanis Park and it is one of the unhealthiest water systems in the London area. The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority gives it a D- in forest cover and states: “The amount of forest cover (7%) is very low, and considered too low for sustainability. Forest density is also fairly low indicating that many woodlots are isolated from each other, making it difficult for seeds to be transported and animals to move between them.” Londoners from around the city began to change that by creating a new naturalization area near the creek to extend an existing woodlot. In addition to the trees and shrubs planted in two new beds, about 100 acorns were planted.

We returned to the project site in the spring to plant 80 more trees and shrubs. During the summer of 2006, we will be removing the buckthorn from the perimeter of the naturalization area. Buckthorn is a non-native, invasive species that spreads rapidly and chokes out other species. It is a serious threat to biodiversity, and ReForest London is committed to protecting our "investment" by keeping the buckthorn away from these newly planted areas.

Below is a map of London showing the need for trees in the Pottersburg Creek Corridor.

ReForest London is grateful to TD Friends of the Environment for providing major funding for this project.


A mother-daughter team plants a tree in the freshly dug soil.

The giant mound of wood chips that will eventually be moved to the newly planted bed.

It was a beautiful fall morning to add some trees to the Forest City.

With the trees planted, the work shifted to spreading mulch around the bed to protect the plants from weeds and to retain moisture.

The 150 trees and shrubs were planted with the help and enthusiasm of many volunteers.

A completed bed, ready for the winter!

In spring 2006 we returned to plant another 80 trees and shrubs.