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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

Harris Home Hardware on Adelaide Street in London has been a strong community supporter of tree planting in London since 2011 and an official Partner in London’s Million Tree Challenge since 2014. In fact, Home Hardware Stores Limited has been a longtime supporter of tree planting across Canada.

Southcrest (south of the Coves) was 2016's fifth neighbourhood to be a part our Tree Blitz program. 38 ReForest London volunteers set off in pairs with wagons filled with 6 foot starter trees, ready to canvas the area for interested homeowners.  

Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Richard and Beryl Ivey, a fund within the London Community Foundation, TreeMe and the City of London  and KPMG for being lead funders on this project.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accompanied ReForest London staff Kaitlin, Amanda, Tyler and Jacob to Westminster Ponds ESA to plant a total of 150 native trees and shrubs as part of the ecological restoration of a disturbed open area of the forest. 

Thank you to RBC, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry through the Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program, and PwC for helping to fund this project!

The extreme wind didn’t keep people away from the event, though it kept many of our trees from staying upright. 36 ReForest volunteers and dozens of residents gathered at Banting Secondary School for the Medway Tree Blitz.

Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Richard and Beryl Ivey, a fund within the London Community Foundation, TreeMe and the City of London  and KPMG for being lead funders on this project.

 It was a hot, sunny day for ReForest London’s Millbank Neighbourhood Tree Blitz on Sunday June 19. Despite it being Father's Day, there were many people at the tree depot in Heritage Park right at 12:30. People were eager to load up a wagon with a new tree or two from the selection of 15 local species.

 

Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Richard and Beryl Ivey, a fund within the London Community Foundation, TreeMe and the City of London  and KPMG for being lead funders on this project.

 

 

 

Saunders Secondary School accompanied ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Amanda to Westminster Ponds ESA to plant a total of 94 native trees and shrubs as part of the ecological restoration of a disturbed open area of the forest. 

Thank you to RBC, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry through the Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program for funding this project and the OTF and Arcangelo Rea Foundation for supporting the School Community Tree Challenge!

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!

Citi Cards accompanied ReForest London staff Kaitlin and Amanda to Garabaldi Park to protect and care for 286 native trees and shrubs that were planted last year to increase the biodiversity of this storm water management area!

Thank you to Citi Cards for your generous donation!

Million Tree Challenge Partner, R. A. Walker Construction Ltd., is a diversified company that has been serving London Ontario and surrounding area for over 40 years.Nathan Walker, the President of R. A. Walker Construction, has been very involved and supportive of both ReForest London and the Million Tree Challenge for the past three years.  

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!

A team of volunteers from KPMG accompanied ReForest London staff Amanda and tree specialist volunteer Christian Therrien to Westminster Ponds ESA to plant a total of 100 native trees and shrubs as part of the ecological restoration of a disturbed open area of the forest.

Thank you to RBC and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Forestry's Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program for funding this 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!

A new Million Tree Challenge Partner, CityMatch, is a London business that provides a destination and settlement service for employers relocating talent to our city. The brainchild of Jodi Simpson, CityMatch is celebrating one year in business by planting a tree for each client she has helped relocate to the Forest City. 

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!

Growing Deep Roots in the Community – Tree Blitz Launch, May 21, 2016

On May 21st, 2016, forty-nine volunteers gathered at Rick Hansen Public School for the first Neighbourhood Tree Blitz of the season as a part of ReForest London's new program, Neighbourhood ReLeaf. The goal?  To plant 16,000 new trees and distribute 19,000 seedlings in London over the next two years.  

Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Richard and Beryl Ivey, a fund within the London Community Foundation, TreeMe and the City of London  and KPMG for being lead funders on this project.

Not only was our first three days of Tree Blitzing a great success with 534 trees planted in the White Oaks area, it was also a success because of the unique moments shared between ReForest London volunteers and the community.

Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Richard and Beryl Ivey, a fund within the London Community Foundation, TreeMe and the City of London  and KPMG for being lead funders on this project.

Our second planting of the year at Meadowgate Fields was a success! With 36 volunteers, we planted more than 200 native trees and shrubs! Reforestation of this grassy slope in the southwest portion of the park was a continuation of previous ReForest London plantings here.

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!

Our spring season began with an enthusiastic group of volunteers planting 200 native trees and shrubs at Meadowgate Fields in southeast London! Reforestation of this grassy slope in the southwest portion of the park was a continuation of previous ReForest London plantings in this park.

ReForest London was pleased to attend and represent London’s Million Tree Challenge at a ground breaking ceremony that took place on January 22, 2016, for peopleCare’s first retirement residence, Oakcrossing Retirement Living. 

If you're a Million Tree Challenge Partner with an interest in youth and building a greener future for them, the School Community Tree Challenge may be of great interest to you!

ReForest London recevied a grant to offer leadership development courses to one of our staff member. This was her experience.

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.