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ReForest London is planting trees all over the city, in neighbourhoods, schoolyards, parks, and natural areas.  Check out our past projects by browsing below, or by sorting the projects by type, year, or location.

Projects - Park Naturalization

Century 21 as well as many community volunteers joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin, Brad, and Victoria to plant 205 trees for a black oak savanna restoration at Fairmont Park! Restoring black oak savanna is extremely important in Ontario as less than 3% of these ecosystems remain and those that are still around are heavily fragmented. This event was essential in restoring Fairmont Park's historical ecosystem structure. 

Thank you to Frank for all of his help throughout the restoration process and to the Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program, the City of London's Park in Every Ward Project, and the Government of Canada's EcoAction program!

 

The London Autistic Support Team (LAST), Jacob Ross Clemens Foundation, and many community volunteers joined Reforest London staff Kaitlin, Brad, and Victoria to plant 258 trees and shrubs in Egelton Woods. This helped to cover the last remaining open area of Egelton Woods while also restoring natural habitat and moderating water flows.

Thank you to the City of London's Park in Every Ward Project, the Government of Canada's EcoAction program, and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for funding this project!

MEC, G-TEL and the London International Academy volunteers joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Brad for a bareroot planting of 230 native trees and shrubs at Enterprise SWM! This is our third of three plantings at this site, finishing the reforestation of the area. The restoration of this storm water overflow area will improve wildlife habitat, help absorb surface run off and add much needed forest cover. 

Thank you to Donald Craig for donating the trees and to the City of London's Park in Every Ward Project, Great Lakes Guardian and G-TEL for funding this project! 

The London International Academy and the public joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Brad to plant 293 trees and shrubs at Somerset Woods! This site is an expansion of an existing forest in Byron that connects Boler Road to Colonel Talbot Road. We planted a majority of potted stock, in combination with some bareroot trees!

Thank you to Donald Craig for donating the bareroot trees and to the City of London's Park in Every Ward Project, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Government of Canada EcoAction for funding this project! 

London Life joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Brad for a rainy planting day at Walker Creek. This energetic, durable team planted 366 native trees and shrubs at this tough site and didn't complain at all! The restoration of this storm water overflow area will improve wildlife habitat, help with surface run off and add to the ecosystem planted at the adjacent site - Enterprise SWM. Great work everyone!

Thank you to London Life for being our lead sponsor since 2009. Your team is making an un-be-leaf-able difference!

Volunteers from London Community Foundation, Deloitte and the public joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Brad to plant a total of 412 native trees and shrubs that will add to the natural corridor along the Thames River. This will increase wildlife habitat and improve water quality. 

Thank you to the Government of Canada (EcoAction) and Government of Ontario (Land Stewardship Habitat Restoration Program) for funding this project! 

An energetic team from Harris Home Hardware, Tree Canada and St. Andre Bessette Catholic School joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin, Amanda and Brianne to plant a total of 221 native trees and shrubs that will increase terrestrial and aquatic wildlife habitat in this stormwater management area as well as helping to control storm water flows and pollution. 

Thank you to Home Hardware, Tree Canada and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for funding this project! 

Volunteers from Libro Financial and Western Serves joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Brad to plant a total of 400 native trees and shrubs that will add to the riparian buffer along White Oaks Creek. This will increase wildlife habitat and improve water quality. 

Thank you to the Government of Canada (EcoAction) and Government of Ontario (Land Stewardship Habitat Restoration Program) for funding this project! 

Volunteers from London's multicultural community joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin, Brad and Amber to plant a total of 400 native trees and shrubs that will add much needed shade and natural space to this huge London park. 

Thank you to the Government of Canada (EcoAction), Literacy Link South Central Innovation Fund and the Department of Canadian Heritage (inter-action program)  for funding this project! 

Volunteers from London's Interfaith Community and the public joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Brad to plant a total of 450 native trees and shrubs that will add much needed natural cover and shade to this huge London Park. 

Thank you to the Government of Canada (EcoAction), London Interfaith Community and Department of Canadian Heritage (Inter-action Program) for funding this project! 

ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Brad were joined by a great group of volunteers from Central Environmental Club, EnviroWestern and Art of Living to plant a herbaceous seeds, acorns, hickory nuts and 100 native trees and shrubs that will improve this degraded site. 

Thank you to the Government of Canada (EcoAction) and Government of Ontario (Land Stewardship Habitat Restoration Program) for funding this project! 

Volunteers from Voices.com, RBC and the public joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin, Brad and Katie to plant a total of 294 native trees and shrubs that will add to the riparian buffer along the Thames River and provide valuable habitat in Greenway Park! 

Thank you to the Government of Canada (EcoAction) for funding this project! 

Columbia Sportswear, Thames River Ralley and London CAReS accompanied ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Amanda to plant a total of 164 native trees and shrubs that will provide shade, wildlife habitat and biodiversity to this well-used community park!

Thank you to Labatt for funding this planting project to support World Environment Day, the United Nations' biggest day for environmental action!

Community members, TD Bank, Western Alumni and Participation House accompanied ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Brad to Virginia Park to plant a total of 331 native trees and shrubs that will increase the shade, wildlife habitat and biodiversity of this neighbourhood park!

Thank you to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for funding this planting project!

Members of the community accompanied ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Brad to Enterprise SWM to plant a total of 250 native trees and shrubs that will act as an ecological buffer for the stormwater management pond providing many environmental benefits to the area.

Thank you to TD Friends of the Environment for funding this planting project!

Cornerstone Architecture accompanied ReForest London staff Kaitlin, Amanda and Amber to Peppertree Park to plant a total of 318 native trees and shrubs that will increase the size of the natural buffer between this neighbourhood park and the adjacent railway.

Thank you to Cornerstone Architecture for funding this planting project!

Tree Specialist volunteers accompanied ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Brad to Donald Craig's farm in Newbury, Ontario to dig up 200 donated bare root trees and shrubs for a park naturalization at Meadowgate Fields the following day.

Thank you to Donald Craig for this generous donation!

Legacy forest planting at Ashwod Manor with Lambeth Rotary, Teen Challenge Farm, and MES Students

 Last October, we were able to give new meaning to the word industrial "park" by helping to create a new park (Neptune Park) for employees in (and residents near) the Trafalgar Industrial Park.

 

We had a fantastic day last June planting 286 native trees and shrubs with the RBC team at Garibaldi Park in northeast London, in a spot immediately north of the cattail marsh that makes up most of the park, as a part of a series of four plantings supported by the RBC Blue Water Project this year.

This planting in White Oaks park took place at the north end of the Marr Drain (or, as its better known to residents, White Oaks Creek!) as a part of a day long set of planting events along the creek which saw a total of 558 native trees and shrubs planted between the two locations.

There's probably no single feature in London that people associate more strongly with our city than the Thames River. Designated a heritage river in 2000, it has played an important part in our community's history for the last 11,000 years, having been continuously settled since more or less the end of the last ice age (!).
We were fortunate to be able to hold two tree planting events right along the Thames River in South Branch Park this spring, on May 9th and 23rd, 2015, planting a total of 440 native trees and shrubs in the floodplain.

Bad weather was no match for 390 trees and 64 volunteers - Western sure did serve in spite of the rain.

Twelve London religious congregations gathered to plant over 430 trees at McCormick Park.

Students from Mother Teresa Secondary School, Eagle Heights PS, and Orchard Park PS planted over 530 native trees and shrubs in this London park.