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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

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.

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.

We ended our fall planting season with one very rainy planting and (somehow, despite the weather and remote location!) an absolutely fantastic turnout! A total of 67 volunteers worked hard to plant 299 native trees and shrubs in Graham Place Park in Southwinds neighbourhood.

This year's A Toast to Trees reception was a joyous celebration of London's Million Tree Challenge and the Million Tree Challenge Partners, funders, volunteers and organizations that do so much to support a greener, healthier London.

London’s Million Tree Challenge is lucky to have the support of many great Media Partners. These Partners come in all shapes and sizes ranging from TV and newspapers to radio, a magazine, weekly and monthly publications. Thank you to all our Media Partners for your ongoing support of the Million Tree Challenge.

This year's Western Fair was another wonderful opportunity to educate Londoners about the Million Tree Challenge and feature the giving away of 2000 native tree seedlings, many sponsored by our generous MTC Partners.

Every year, businesses, groups and Partners in London’s Million Tree Challenge participate in a special tree seedling/sapling giveaway to celebrate National Tree Day – a day during National Forest Week that serves as a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits trees provide.

Students from CCH and employees from Orgaworld plant 350 trees at Dingman Dog Park