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Trails Open: Celebrate London's Natural Heritage

The London Environmental Network is hosting this year’s Trails Open event at Westminster Ponds, and ReForest London is thrilled to be participating.

 

Trails Open is part of Doors Open, a province wide cultural event where people are invited into places they might not normally access. These include cultural ‘treasures’ of all descriptions. Trails Open is a part of London’s 15th annual Doors Open and Cultural Days October 1 and 2, and focuses on celebrating our natural heritage.

 

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority describes the area as follows. “At approximately 200 hectares, Westminster Ponds / Pond Mills Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is the largest publicly-owned ESA in London. The ESA is significant for its size and for its great variety of natural habitats within the boundaries of a major urban centre. The site is also designated as a Provincially Significant Wetland.”

 

LEN member groups will be offering a variety of activities at Trails Open to introduce the citizens of London to this natural gem in our community. Activities include guided hikes, presentations on future conservation plans for Westminster Ponds, native species planting, and a tree depot (free trees!) and tree cycling event (giving native species a new home).  LEN is proud of the collaboration between the environmental groups in putting on a program that features a broad range of the area’s most features.

 

Participating organizations include: Nature London, Thames Valley Trail Association, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, ReForest London, and Thames Talbot Land Trust

 

 

Trails Open Schedule

 

Saturday October 1, 2016
10:30 am 11:30 pm Guided Hike - Thames Valley Trail Association

11:30 am -12:30 pm Presentation on Future Plans for Westminster Ponds - Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

12:30 pm 1:30 pm Guided Hike - ReForest London

1:30 pm -2:30 pm Presentation on Future Plans for Westminster Ponds - Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Sunday October 2, 2016

10:30 am 11:30 pm Guided Hike - Thames Valley Trail Association

11:30 am -12:30 pm Presentation on Future Plans for Westminster Ponds - Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

11:30 am -12:30 pm - Guided Hike-Nature London

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Tree Depot and Tree Cycling Event - ReForest London

12:30 pm -1:30 pm -Guided Hike-Nature London

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Native Species Planting and Seed Give-away - Thames Talbot Land Trust

1:30 pm -2:30 pm Presentation on Future Plans for Westminster Pond - Upper Thames River Conservation Authority 

 

Access to the activities at Westminster Ponds beginning at 10:30 a.m. each day is via Western Counties Road (off Commissioners Road east, across from LHSC).

 

This is a family friendly event. Due to the large number of visitors expected and to keep disturbance of the natural areas to a minimum we ask that dogs be left at home.