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Trojan Technologies - Veterans Memorial Parkway

Project type: 
Corporate Sponsored Projects

Fall 2007

A London corporation, community group, and the city teamed up to create a project to enhance the beauty and environmental health of Veterans Memorial Parkway. On Saturday, November 3, over 100 community volunteers helped plant more than 100 native trees and shrubs along the parkway just north of Gore Road.

The partnership, a project shared between ReForest London, Trojan Technologies, and the City of London, marked primary sponsor Trojan’s 30th anniversary.

The project was planned by ReForest London, with the support of the City of London. ReForest London Board Member Ron Koudys, of Ron Koudys Landscape Architect, developed the landscape master plan for the parkway.

The City of London provideed funding for the planting of fifteen of the two dozen large trees that border the planting beds.

The project consists of multiple teardrop-shaped planting beds, anchored by large deciduous trees. Smaller shrubs will be planted on the interior of the beds. As with all of ReForest London projects, most of the trees were planted by volunteers.

The project appears to have caught the attention of many Londoners. Volunteers from Trojan Technologies, United Parcel Service, the Rotoract Club at Fanshawe College, a Boy Scout group, and a local daycare group, along with many community volunteers, came to help. City of London Councillors Joanie Baechler, Roger Caranci, and Controller Bud Pohill also came to volunteer.

Aftercare is an important part of ReForest London’s program, and will include watering, weeding, and mulching over the next three years.

One of the shrub beds


A family helping to plant.



Preparing a place for the new tree


A long stretch of the Veterans Memorial Parkway was planted.


Controller Bud Pohill and Councillor Roger Caranci helped to plant

Students from Fanshawe College's Rotoract Club also helped.

Employees from UPS helped with great enthusiasm. Photo by Lori Rollins.

Councillor Joanie Baechler planted trees.

A team dig!