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London's Million Tree Challenge - Where will you plant your tree?

On June 17 in Harris Park, more than one hundred people, including federal, provincial, and local elected officials and students celebrated the launch of London’s Million Tree Challenge. This new initiative challenges Londoners to plant one million trees during the next 10 years.

Mayor Joe Fontana expressed his support for the initiative, saying “I think shovel sales may skyrocket in the next few months, as Londoners get out and take part in the Million Tree Challenge. I have no doubt we can achieve this goal because this IS the Forest City and Londoners continue to show how environmentally savvy and committed they are to making a difference in the health and well being of where they live. The City of London is pleased to be a Founding Partner.”

The Million Tree Challenge begins with a first phase goal of One Tree for Every Londoner in the next three years. School children from London Christian Academy planted over 30 native trees toward this audacious goal in a small new naturalization area at Harris Park.

ReForest London and the City of London are the founding partners in this initiative. Over 25 London corporations, organizations, and institutions have also signed on as partners; a full list of partners can be found on the Million Tree Challenge website. Additional partners are being sought to promote tree planting initiatives within their organizations.

The Challenge also calls on individual Londoners, who own more than 80% of London’s land to plant trees in their yards, businesses, and commercial property. According to the City of London’s UFORE report, the majority of plantable space in the City of London is located in residential, commercial, and agricultural zones. Plantable space is defined as porous land that is not being used for another purpose (i.e. soccer field, planted crop) and does not already have trees or overhead wires.

“A tree provides vital natural infrastructure that contributes to our health and economic well being and sustains our environment for over a hundred years,” said David Crockett, Chair of ReForest London. “The cost- benefit grows every year from a tree planted today. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the next best time is today to realize this beauty and value.”

Londoners are invited to learn more about the challenge at At this website, participants can pledge to plant a tree, record the trees they have planted, and learn more about how to plant and care for trees. They can also sponsor the planting of trees in parks and natural areas. The website will track the trees planted toward the million tree goal, recording where trees are planted throughout the city on an interactive map. Users can also see the economic and environmental benefits of the trees they plant through a tree benefits calculator.

Mayor Fontana also encouraged everyone to visit the website to track the Challenge’s progress and learn more about how they can get involved.  He said, “I particularly liked the arm on the tree.  It’s a great visual and all trees need a hug.”

Join the Challenge today!

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Million Trees Website