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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

The community came together on a very hot day to plant 145 native trees and shrubs at Southwinds Park! We were very fortunate to be joined by a number of area families who wanted to get out and plant some trees despite the unseasonably hot weather. Thank you to Government of Canada's EcoAction Program and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for funding this project!

At our fifth annual Interfaith Planting event, we had 138 volunteers who worked hard to plant 278 native trees and shrubs in just under 2 hours.

A special thank you as well to the City of London for funding our "Planting in Every Ward" initiative this year for the Canada150, to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Province of Ontario, and City of London (TreeME), for making a free tree depot possible at the event, our volunteer videographer/photographer Katie for filming the event, and to all the members of the planning committee for helping organize the event. 

ReForest London was joined by 29 hard working Stantec volunteers to plant 141 native trees and shrubs, while also providing aftercare to previously planted trees at Dingman Park. 

Thank you to Stantec for sponsoring this project!

Volunteers from Fairstone, UWO's off-campus advisors and Cornerstone Architecture as well as the public, joined ReForest London at Talltree Park to plant 257 native trees and shrubs. 

Thank you to our funders for this project: City of London's Park in Every Ward Project, Brian Liebusch And Nav Canada!

London’s first “Forest Festival” was held on Saturday, August 19 to celebrate the role trees and forests have played in our local, provincial, and national history.

Our Aftercare Coordinator Vic just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped with our summer Aftercare season this year! Thanks to all your help we had a record-breaking season!! We had over 500 volunteers join us at 28 events! 

London Life has been a strong supporter of a greener city since 2009 through their role as Lead Sponsor of ReForest London. We could not do what we do without this dedicated backing, and recently, ReForest London asked London Life to describe just how mutually beneficial this ongoing relationship is.

One of the most special events ReForest London hosts each year is the Celebration Forest Tree Planting Ceremony. Hundreds of people show up to this event to plant trees in memory or in celebration and to have the support from Partners for this event in particular is greatly appreciated. 

22 amazing volunteers joined Victoria at Westmount Lions Park on Saturday for Citi Cards Global Community Day. After two events at this site, the trees are looking much better and are all ready for summer!

Thank you to the City of London for providing mulch and funding for this project!

ReForest London staff Kaitlin, Brad, and Victoria were joined by 17 awesome volunteers to help plant 239 native trees and shrubs at Dingman Park. Although we didn't get all of the trees in the ground, the ones that were planted were planted with lots of love and the rest can go throughout the city to make London a leafier place!

Thank you to everyone who came out and to Great Lakes Guardian and the RBC Bluewater Project for funding this planting!

Kaitlin, Brad, and Victoria were so excited that 21 volunteers showed up to help plant 345 trees and shrubs at Marr Drain. It was a hot day, but we managed to get every tree in the ground and mulched! Nice work team!

Thank you to Great Lakes Guardian, the RBC Bluewater Project, and the City of London's Park in Every Ward Project for funding this planting!

London is the winner when two community-minded MTC Partners team up for a big promotion of tree planting and London’s Million Tree Challenge. 

On May 17, 2017, University Heights Public School staff and students worked together to add 7 new trees to the outdoor classroom as part of the School Community Tree Challenge. 

London Scouts and Beaver Scouts along with many community volunteers worked with ReForest London staff Kaitlin, Brad, and Victoria to plant 224 trees, finishing up our planting along Hyde Park Road! Thank you to everyone for all of your help!

Thank you to the Government of Canada's EcoAction Program, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program, and TD Friends of the Environment for funding this project!

Volunteers from Libro joined ReForest London staff Victoria and Brad for a fun-filled afternoon caring for over 2000 trees planted at Meadowgate Fields. The volunteers had a blast and used the entire mulch pile in only 2.5 hours!

Thank you to the City of London for providing mulch and funding for this project.

Volunteers from London Life and from the communtiy helped ReForest London staff Kaitlin, Victoria, and Brad plant 354 trees and shrubs at Carroll Park, including 75 large potted trees to help provide shade cover for park users.

Thank you to London Life for sponsoring this event and to Joe Wick for suggesting the great planting site!

ReForest London staff Kaitlin, Victoria, and Brad were so excited that 28 volunteers from RBC, Nokee Kwe, and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation as well as from the community came out to help plant 351 trees and shrubs on a Sunday afternoon!

Thank you to Ontario150 Community Celebration Program, RBC Bluewater Project, the City of London's Park in Every Ward Project, and Great Lakes Guardian for funding this planting!

26 "Boys of Beal" joined Victoria to help care for the trees planted at Westmount Lions Park. Thanks to the boys' hard work, the trees are no longer buried under the long grass and are very excited to see the sun!

Thank you to the City of London for providing mulch and funding for this project!

Volunteers from Auto Data Solutions joined ReForest London staff Victoria, Kaitlin, and Brad for two days of aftercare at the Enterprise SWM Site. On the second day of aftercare, they were joined by some amazing volunteers from Hutton House. Thanks to the help of all the volunteers over the two days, all of the trees received lots of TLC and are looking nice and healthy for the rest of the season!

Thank you to the City of London for providing mulch and funding for this project.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Libro, Fanshawe, and many community volunteers joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin, Brad, and Victoria to plant 400 trees along Hyde Park Road! It was a big job, but all the hard work paid off and the trees look great!

Thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Libro, and Fanshawe for all your help! 

Thank you to Ward 8 Councillor Paul Hubert for coming out to Saturday`s event and to the City of London`s Park in Every Ward Project, the Ontario150 Community Celebration Program, and TD Friends of the Environment for funding this planting.

Volunteers from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) joined ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Victoria to care for 100 trees planted in 2016 at Murray Marr West. We were extremely excited to see that almost all of the trees survived and, with the help of our volunteers, will continue to grow throughout the summer!

Thank you to the City of London for providing mulch and funding for this project.

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 Ontario150 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!

Students at St. Paul Catholic School participated in the planting of 15 new shade trees for their schoolyard. 

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!