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Sprucedale Park

Project type: 
Park Naturalization

Stoney Creek / Sprucedale Park
April 16, 2005 and May 2, 2006

Over 200 Londoners participated in ReForest London's first community planting project. Volunteers planted over 300 trees and shrubs at Stoney Creek Valley Park as part of the Stoney Creek Community Day on Saturday, April 16. The event was organized by the Friends of Stoney Creek in partnership with the Community Forestry Program of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

The planting project is part of a larger ongoing initiative of the Friends of Stoney Creek, which has worked on stream restoration projects since 1990. This group of committed Londoners has organized educational opportunities for local youth and has planted nearly 15,000 trees and shrubs along Stoney Creek to protect and enhance this important tributary of the Thames River.

Along with helping with the planting, Londoners learned about Carolinian Canada species like the Eastern Hognose Snake and the Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle. Participants also built bird and bat boxes. Ten dedicated people spent several hours cleaning up two piles of used house shingles that were dumped in the greenspace several years ago. Litter was also picked up in and around the stream.

Aquatic Biologists from the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority electro-shocked Stoney Creek, a procedure that temporarily disables the fish without harming them, and observer saw and touched the fish from the Creek.

In the spring of 2006, ReForest London returned to this park with schoolchildren to plant 64 native trees along the creek.

The project is funded in part by ReForest London 150 through the Wetland Habitat Fund, an organization that matches contributions by landowners and organizations to conserve and enhance wetland habitats. Additional funders include TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the London Community Foundation.

A great crowd of volunteers made the work fun.

Carrying a new tree to plant.

Two large piles of old shingles that had been dumped several years ago were removed by volunteers.

Who needs a shovel when you've got hands?!

School children returned in the spring 2006 to plant more trees along the creek.