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Amazing Tree    Quest2010 Winners

ReForest London announced 2010 winners of the Amazing Tree Quest at its Celebrate the Trees event at Museum London. Trees in eight categories received accolades as London’s most amazing trees for this 2010 contest.

See more photos and learn more about the winners by clicking on each title. Find out where they are by clicking the Map button on each entry, and go see them in person!

People’s Choice
A huge Burr Oak tree located behind the Winderemere Manor Hotel, nominated by Neil Kellock
Favourite 1st Place
An enormous, graceful Hackberry tree located at 950 Colborne Street, nominated by Helene Sellery.
Favourite 2nd Place
A beautiful White Oak tree in Westminster Ponds ESA is a favourite of many Londoners, and nominated by Jenna Meers
Best Story 1st Place
A Norway Maple badly damaged by a storm, cared for by the City and neighbours, now thriving at 252 King Edward Ave. Nominated by Colleen Breen Collier.
  Best Story 2nd Place
This Sycamore tree in front of Eldon House tells a story of London's history. It was nominated by Stefan Andrejicka.
   Spookiest 1st Place
A Cherry tree at Fanshawe Golf and Country Club is home to Turkey Vultures and is a spooky, hollowed out tree. Nominated by Rose Fisher.
   Spookiest 2nd Place
This Willow tree is one of the many huge old Willows that stand guard over the Thames River. The tree is located in Springbank Park, and was nominated by Jesse Landrialt.

Greatest Survivor 1st Place
The McCormick Home planned carefully to save an historic White Oak tree on their property at 2022 Kains Road.


  Greatest Survivor 2nd Place
This Silver Maple at 1067 St. Croix Ave literally split in two during a winter storm. John Broad and his daughter Molly taped and secured it back together and amazingly, it lives today.
  Best Company Tree 1st Place 
A White Pine tree near Storeybook Gardens (within the children’s train tracks) recalls a history and grace. Nominated by Milyn Hall.
  Best Company Tree 2nd Place
Dr. McKim watches over the tree that was planted in his honour at Childreach at 265 Maitland Stret.
  Show and Tell Tree 1st Place
Eight-year-old Oliver Taylor nominated his favourite tree, the Hugging Tree at Cavendish Park, a huge Eastern Cottonwood.
  Show and Tell Tree 2nd Place
Campers at the City of London Medway Day Camp nominated this Red Maple in the Medway Forest, a tree they call the V Tree.
   Biggest 1st Place
A giant Cottonwood dwarfs the homes around it at 39 Duchess Street. It measures 188 inches in circumference and 119 feet tall and was nominated by Mike Dawdy.
  Biggest 2nd Place
This White Oak tree located at the University of Western Ontario near the tennis courts will amaze you. It measures 191 inches in circumference and 107 feet in height, and was nominated by Matt Robinson.
  Tree-Inspired Art (Professional)
Artist John Sutton of Victory Studio submitted this photograph, Urban Tree, which was chosen by a jury assembled by the London Arts Council to win this category.
  Tree-Inspired Art (Non Professional) 1st Place
Artist Catherine Smith won in the non-professional category with her painting Tree of Souls.
  Tree-Inspired Art (Non Professional) 2nd Place
Artist Mary Desaulniers won in the non-professional category with her painting Morning Passage in the fall.

In addition to the awards ceremony, tree lovers at the Celebrate the Trees were treated to poetry by London's new poet laureate, Penn Kemp, locally grown food prepared by Angelos, a display and auction of the professional art in the Tree Inspired Art category, and music by Alex Palmer.

ReForest London thanks the following individuals and organizations for supporting this event by purchasing group tickets: David Crockett, Ian Greasley, High Street Asset Management, Councillor Nancy Branscombe, Councillor Judy Bryant, Joni Baechler, Environmental  and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee of the City of London. Jay Stanford, Environmental Services, City of London.

The Amazing Tree Quest is sponsored by Clintar, the City of London, and rtraction. London Life is ReForest London’s lead corporate sponsor.

2009 Winners

ReForest London announced the 2009 Amazing Tree Quest winners at a
gala luncheon "Celebrate the Trees" hosted by the City of London
on September 25 at Musuem London.

People's Choice
Largest in Circumference
For Kids: Favourite Schoolyard Tree
For Kids: Show and Tell Tree


Best Story
Neighbourhood Landmark
Greatest Survivor
Best Stand or Grouping of Trees


People's Choice

 This Cottonwood was located at the fork of the Thames / Nancy Campbell Collegiate Yard. Sadly, it blew down during a summer storm. The school has saved parts of its big hollow trunk in its yard. Bike or walk by and see it!

Nominated by Christopher Rush.

1st Place - Favourite

 This amazing Copper Beach is located at 303 Riverside at the front entrance to Mount Pleasant Cemetary. Walk right up under it to see its branch structure -- a very cool tree.

Nominated by Shelley Wilson


2nd Place - Favourite

A gorgeous Sugar Maple located at 307 Sunningdale Road E holds a tire swing and many memories.

Nominated by the Johnson family.


 1st Place - Tallest

This gigantic Cottonwood stands 32 metres (105 feet) tall. It is located along the multi-purpose path along the Thames, just north of the Oxford Street bridge, in the parking lot of the London Life Rec Centre. 

Nominated by MaryJune Clancy.


 2nd Place - Tallest

A wizened old Silver Maple located at 24 Bellevue Ave stands 27 metres (89 feet) tall. There are many Silver Maples like these throughout the older parts of the city and they are true treasures.

Nominated by George Sinclair.


1st Place - Largest in Circumference 

A big tree on a small East London yard at 773 Little Grey Street, this Silver Maple measures 496cm (16 feet) around.

Nominated by Ruth Couture.


1st Place - For Kids: Favourite Schoolyard Tree

Located in the Peace Garden at Montessori House of Children at 711 Waterloo Street, this Silver Maple is a favourite of many students.

Nominated by Maya Kelly.


2nd Place - For Kids: Favourite Schoolyard Tree

An Eastern Hemlock is one of many trees at Lord Roberts French Immersion School's naturalized gardens at 440 Princess Avenue. See if you can find it among the well-worn trails in this schoolyard.

Nominated by Delta Como.


 1st Place - For Kids: Show and Tell Tree

Carlo's favourite tree is a Sugar Maple located in the amazing Medway Valley Heritage Forest. You can find it by entering the trail at Metamora Crescent. Descend the hill to Medway Creek, and then watch for it on the right. It's one of the trees holding the bank together with its roots!

Nominated by Carlo Thorn. 


2nd Place - For Kids: Show and Tell Tree

The Willow trees at Gibbons Park are gigantic, beckoning us with the history of the Thames River. Children are drawn to them as some of the best climbing trees in the city. This one is located near the splash pad.

Nominted by Natalie Colquhoun.


1st Place - Best Story

This American Elm has been a favourite of many. Located at the entrance of Kiwinis Park, one the south side of Wavell Street near the creek. Read about its history as a training site for future aborists.

Nominated by Dudley Merritt.


2nd Place - Best Story

Arbour Glen Day Nursery has an enchanted tree. Learn about this beloved Sugar Maple and how it continues to protect the children at this nursery located at 1017 Adelaide Street N.

Nominated by Charlene Moss.


1st Place - Neighbourhood Landmark

A Burr Oak is a slow growing tree, so we know this large beauty is very old. You can find it at Odessa Park, a small park accessible from Odessa Ave.

Nominated by Rod Cameron. 


2nd Place - Neighbourhood Landmark

A Magnolia tree at 368 Dufferin Street in Woodfield is a spring wonder.

Nominated by Mark McLean and Lana Yovetich.


1st Place - Greatest Survivor

This big old Rod Oak tree has survived it all - lightening strikes, sidewalk constructions, big storms. Its big boughs stretch to the house on one side and across the street on the other. Photos do not do it justice. Visit it at 6953 James Street in Lambeth.

Submitted by John Brideau.


2nd Place - Greatest Survivor

It is fitting that a Hackberry, a true survivor tree, wis a winner in this category. This tree is surrounded by asphalt at Central High School on Dufferin Ave, and yet appears to be in great health.

Submitted by Julie Michaud.


1st Place - Spookiest

This Willow tree does appear to speaking to us. Unfotunately, it speaks no more. It was removed this summer, likely for safety reasons, as it was located along the trails at Meadowlily Woods.

Nominated by Fred Hunsberger.


2nd Place - Spookiest

This face will greet you if you walk along the Warbler Woods trail.

Nominated by Lottie Scott.


1st Place -  Best Stand or Grouping of Trees

This gorgeous grouping of trees stands outside the Dundas Street entrance to the London Psychiatric Hospital, just east of Highbury. Walk among these rows of Silver and Norway Maple and feel the peace they convey.

Nominated by Hope Clark.


2nd Place - Best Stand or Grouping of Trees 

London Plane Trees offer an interesting leaf, pretty branches, and fascinating, peeling bark. This grouping of Plane Trees along the bike path north of the Oxford Street Bridge are a pretty open stand of trees.

Nominated by Matt Robinson.