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Orgaworld and CCH Students Transform Park

Students and employees from a local corporation teamed up in October to plant over 350 native trees and shrubs in a southwest London park. 

Over 60 volunteers, including employees from Orgaworld and students from Catholic Central High School gathered at Dingman Park to begin the transformation of this new park. 

"Orgaworld is and always has been an environmental company. The ReForest London planting initiative aligns perfectly with our environmental philosophy and since our Canadian headquarters is here in London, we wanted to assist in keeping the Forest City well forested for the years to come,” said Chris O’Toole, Sales Manager at Orgaworld. “The fact that we get to spend the day with the folks from CCH is a great bonus!” 

Students and adults worked diligently to plant and mulch 350 plants. The planting event started with a lesson on the importance planting native trees and connecting woodlands, and training on how to plant a tree. 

“This is a great opportunity for our students to get outside and connect sustainable development concepts in a fun way while helping to minimize erosion, create wildlife habitat and improve our natural ecosystem,” said Dan Van Leishout, teacher in Catholic Central’s Environmental Leadership Program.

Dingman Park, located at Dingman Drive and Wonderland Road, is a large open city park. The site has space for over 5,000 trees and shrubs. This project joins two existing patches of forest, creating a new wildlife corridor and increasing the interior woodland space, an important space for certain wildlife.

“Because of the park's large size of 8 hectares, strategic location between two larger woodlots, and the presence of Dingman Creek running along the southern boundary, the property offers unusually high potentially for landscape connectivity, said Amber Cantell, Project Manager at ReForest London. “This  helps animals and plants – through their seeds – move from one natural area into another, expanding the space available to them and helping to ensure adequate genetic variability in their populations." 

The City of London plans further development at the park, including large trees, walking trails, and parking.

The project was fully funded through the generosity of Orgaworld Canada, part of the Shanks Group (UK).