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Southwinds Park - Sept. 16, 2017

Project type: 
Park Naturalization

The community came together on a very hot day to plant 145 native trees and shrubs at Southwinds Park! The naturalization planting will bolster the ravine that runs through Southwinds Park and Southwinds Park North. Shade trees were also planted near the playground and along the pathways.

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.

One of the volunteers, Aaron Johnson, was happy to share his thoughts about the project with us. "One of the things I appreciate most about ReForest London is the opportunity it gives communities, especially young children, to become actively involved in improving the environment in their neighbourhoods. The Southwinds Park planting, like all plantings I have attended, was a great experience. Something that stands out about this planting is how engaged the families in the neighbourhood were. With Southwinds Park being near the city's border there wasn't a huge group of volunteers, but we had several full families come out with their young kids and stay for the full planting. As we were finishing the planting we had another 3 families out walking in the neighbourhood come by and express their gratitude and enthusiasm for a planting in their local park. This was a memorable experience, but by no means a unique one. Having attended numerous ReForest London plantings over the past few years I never get tired of seeing how excited the community volunteers are to plant their first tree. I think this speaks not only to the inherent joy of giving back to your community, but also the time and effort that the members of ReForest London put into planning and organizing these events."  

This planting was part of a bigger initiative to plant 352 plants in the park this fall, mainly along a tributary of Dingman Creek which runs through the centre of the park. The remaining plants will be planted this October with the help of volunteers from Deloitte. The project is also part of an ongoing effort to plant 10,000 trees in the Dingman Creek watershed, which is London's largest watershed, running across the south end of the city and containing many of its most important wetlands.

Thank you to Government of Canada's EcoAction Program and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for funding this project!