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Osgoode Park

Project type: 
Park Naturalization

May 5, 2007

ReForest London and a neighbourhood youth group planted 200 native trees and shrubs at Osgoode Park, a Southeast London park located next to Wilton Grove School.

The project, sponsored by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, naturalized a large area of the park along Osgoode Drive. Volunteers came from around the city and dug up a long narrow strip of land and plant it with trees such as Sugar Maple, Oak, and American Basswood. Native shrubs will protect the new trees and create habitat for birds and butterflies.

Neighbourhood Youth in Charge, which meets in the nearby Optimist Centre in Westminster Park, helped to publicize the event by passing out flyers and encouraging others to get involved. The group is a program of the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre for teen youth. The program offers youth leadership sessions, educational support through a tutoring program and volunteer openings to high school youth who are looking to complete community service hours.

Two nearby schools also helped to recruit volunteers. The Neighbourhood Resource Association of Westminster Park is also recruited volunteers for Saturday’s planting.

ReForest London watered and weeded the project all summer long (thanks in part to a discounted watering truck fee from Clintar) and the tree have thrived.

This project was funded through the generous support of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Before: a strip of grass converted to a mini-forest.

Participants learn how to plant a tree.

Participants from Neighbourhood Youth in Charge worked very hard.

ReForest London's Bill DeYoung helps a young volunteer plant his first tree.

Regular volunteer and MP Irene Mathyssen

After: 200 trees and shrubs planted and mulched.