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Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Program Wins National Award

Project type: 
Million Tree Challenge

Veterans Memorial Parkway
Big congratulations to Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Program (VMPCP) who have been awarded the Green for Life Community Award from the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. The award was presented to VMPCP executive director Barry Sandler at the 11th Annual National Awards of Landscape Excellence in St. John's, Newfoundland on January 29th.

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The Green for Life Community Award recognizes projects or geographical segments within a community, region or municipality that have specific benefit to the public through the development and /or maintenance of green spaces.

“It takes a lot of support from business and community organizations to successfully implement an enhancement project of this nature and scope.” Barry Sandler said. “We couldn’t do it without the support of our partners:  3M, Trojan Technologies, Starlim, London Chapter of Landscape Ontario, Fanshawe College, General Dynamics,, Talbot Marketing, Scouts Canada, and the City of London, plus all the many other supporters and volunteers.”Girl Power planting on the VMP

The VMPCP is a partnership between the City of London, the community and local businesses. This project is enhancing the natural landscape along 10 kilometres of a key gateway into the Forest City and paying long-lasting tribute to veterans. Scheduled to run until 2017 the goal is to plant 6,400 trees and construct 15 large stone commemorative features.
Trees on flatbed
“This project started in 2010 with Scout Trees planting about 1,000 smaller trees. It evolved in 2011 and formally became a community project.” Sandler notes. “Trojan Technologies was our first big sponsor and they wanted a focus on the VMP. We’ve planted about 1,800 so far and these are large caliper 50-60mm stock. Last year alone, on one day in September, forty professional volunteers with 14 pieces of heavy equipment, supported by about 600 community volunteers, planted hundreds of trees.”

Sandler adds, “I believe in the end we need to encourage everyone in tree planting in the city and it becomes a life-long commitment, just something that you do every year – we’re providing a means.”

Congratulations VMPCP on your Green for Life Community Award and your continued success. VMPCP is a Million Tree Challenge Partner and all the trees they plant count toward the Million Tree Challenge.
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Fanshawe students VMP

Western students VMP

Group planting on VMPvolunteers planting VMP