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Rapid Binding and Longo Custom Kitchens Forest their Industrial Land

Project type: 
Corporate Sponsored Projects
Year: 
2014
Season: 
Fall
Location: 
Southeast

An industrial army of tree planters, small in number but big on effort, planted 100 trees and shrubs in record time at a new industrial project. Longo Custom Kitchens & Woodwork and Rapid Binding & Laminating are two companies that share a property line and a vision for London. They sponsored a planting on their property to create a new naturalization area, shade their buildings, beautify their properties, and engage their employees.

The businesses are located on Charterhouse Crescent in southeast London.  In a narrow strip of land between the two properties, over 100 native trees and shrubs were planted. These trees will be added to London’s Million Tree Challenge online counter, and will contribute to this community goal.

“This is a good thing,” said Shirley, an employee at Rapid Binding & Laminating, who has done other tree planting in the city with the Scouts. “We have too much concrete in the city. We can all help water these trees.”

Lydia, an employee with Custom Kitchen & Woodwork commented, “This is amazing. We’re in the wood industry, so this is a good way for us to give back.”

About 15 employees, their families, and several community volunteers planted the trees on a sunny afternoon. Trees were planted between the two buildings, as well as behind one of the buildings to shade the building and reduce cooling costs.  Eventually, the 100 trees will form a mini forest in the industrial park.

As the volunteers planted, at least one neighbouring business owner stopped by to chat with the planters and with ReForest London organizers about a strip of land on his property that could be forested.

The project was funded in part with a grant from TD Green Streets. The City of London has pledged to plant large shade trees on the city-owned boulevard as part of the project as well. The addition of trees will make an immediate positive impression for all customers visiting these businesses. The growing trees will be a source of pride for the employees who helped plant them, as well as a pleasant place for them to take breaks and enjoy their lunch.

Gary Harness, owner of Rapid Binding & Laminating had this advice to other industrial landowners considering a tree planting project: “Give it a try! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

The newly tilled site, ready for trees.

The planting crew after planting 100 trees in under an hour.