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Triple Play May 5 plants 320 trees

ReForest London had three overlapping events on Saturday, May 5. Two were in Old East as part of the Old East Village Community Organization's Greening the Commons project.

About 80 new trees were planted at the Old East Village Tree Nursery located next to the Municipal parking lot north of Dundas between Adelaide and Elizabeth. A group of enthusiastic volunteers potted up some of the trees that were planted when the garden was started in 2008, and some will be planted in Old East. Then the new trees were tagged and planted to best take advantage of the available sun in nursery. Species include Oak, Maple, and Hackberry. After a few years of growing, these trees will be distributed by donation in the Old East community.

A few blocks away at Carson Library, 2 trees and more than a dozen shrubs and other annuals were planted at Carson Library. Another great group of volunteers worked to plant the trees and shrubs and then spread mulch over the entire project, including some trees that were previously planted. A Tulip tree and Hackberry were added to the site.

Both of the Old East projects were funded by a grant to the Old East Village Community Association by the Urban League of London.

familyIn the afternoon, ReForest London turned its attention to Kiwanis Park at the Tweedsmuir entrance. A small but mighty group of about 45 volunteers planted 230 trees and shrubs in three planting areas. Hats off (or boots off!) to the volunteers who sloshed around in the muck planting trees close to Pottersburg Creek. A few neighbourhood families with their very cute kids came by to help plant a tree. This project was funded by the Urban League of London and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

This was also the maiden voyage of our new trailer, and it was a great way to transport tools and plants, and spread the good word of trees around town.

Thank you for all the volunteers who came out to help on this beautiful day and to our sponsors!