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Lord Roberts Public School

Project type: 
Greening our Schoolyards

Lord Roberts Public School
Summer and Fall 2005

The Lord Roberts Naturalization Committee planted 13 native trees and shrubs and installed a new butterfly garden in their partnership with ReForest London.

A naturalization project was started by several teachers, parents and students at Lord Roberts Public School over ten years ago. At that time, this school yard - one of the smallest school yards in London - was completely covered in asphalt. About 600 square metres of asphalt were removed to add gardens and a few trees planted to provide the children with shade and a naturalized setting in which to play and learn. Over the past few years the Lord Roberts Home and School and the Naturalization Committee have raised additional funds to plant more trees.

This year, they planted 13 native trees and shrubs of substantial size to help them survive the rigors of life in a school yard. They have also added butterfly gardens this past summer through funding that ReForest London received Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program. The butterfly garden surround a new playground for the K-3 grade children, a new space that also replace ashphalt.

Lord Robert Naturalization Project’s guiding principles are as follows:

1.Create a quiet, pacifying space for the children.
2. Provide shade
3. Create a resource for studies in art, math, science, etc.
4. Create a green space for Woodfield community
5. Connect Carolinian native habitats across South-western Ontario
6. Create habitat for wildlife (birds, insects), while reclaiming green space for the planet.



The 10 year project at Lord Roberts has created a creative, shady, fun place for students and neighbours to play and rest.


Wood-chipped paths are filled with kids chasing each other at recess.

A large shade tree is unloaded.

The tree is carefully placed in a hole dug twice as wide as the root ball.

The hole is back-filled with soil.