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Park Naturalizations

The City of London is known as the Forest City, and yet its woodland cover – at just 8% – is far below the target of 30% natural cover recommended by Environment Canada for a healthy and sustainable ecosystem. The overall tree cover, which includes boulevard and park trees, as well as backyard trees, stands at about 24%, behind many other municipalities.

Tree Planting Events
Volunteer to plant trees in parks this Spring!

Volunteer with ReForest London to help plant thousands of native trees and shrubs in parks and natural areas in the spring and fall. Learn more

Enhancing our Environment
Park naturalization projects improve biodiversity by increasing the types and sizes of ground plants, shrubs and trees. These naturalization projects provide improvements in other measures of biodiversity such as species richness, species abundance, plant community richness and habitat variability. Improvements in bird and other wildlife habitat contribute to structural and biological diversity that are important elements of ecosystem health. These natural areas also provide recreation and study opportunities for Londoners of all ages.

Trees contribute to the carbon balance in the ecosystem through sequestration of organic carbon. One large tree replaces enough polluted air for four people to breathe in one day and one hectare sequesters more than 3 metric tonnes of organic carbon per year.

Empowering the Community
This project also strengthens the nature-culture connection. By involving people directly in planting trees, they become more aware of their role as members of a larger community committed to creating a sustainable future. Planting a large number of trees on a modest budget cannot happen without the dedication of volunteers, and as we approach the end of our first decade, a significant portion of our community have come to at least one of our tree-planting events. The events, usually held on a weekend, draw individuals, families, Scout groups, and students wishing to fulfill their community service requirements.

In addition to these environmental and health benefits, trees contribute to the quality of life in London. This is a crucial element when attracting people to our city, both as tourists and as new community members. London's reputation as the "Forest City" is part of what distinguishes our city, and we believe that people will continue to participate enthusiastically to create a legacy for a sustainable environment.

Our Past Successes
ReForest London has completed more than a dozen park naturalization projects. See examples of our past projects here.