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2020 Tree Depots

Project type: 
Neighbourhood Re-Leaf
Year: 
2020
Season: 
Fall

 

Despite the challenges that COVID-19 brought forth in 2020, we are proud to report that over 3,300 new trees planted in homeowners' yards in London, thanks to our Neighbourhood Tree Depot program! Neighbourhood Tree Depots offer free trees to London residents to create a healthy tree canopy and increase green infrastructure in London while providing shade, adding beauty, and improving local habitat.

Tree Depot ReForest London

All trees planted are counted towards London’s Million Tree Challenge and, overall, we have given away over 18,000 trees through this program!  

Once public health guidelines permitted, we were excited to hold our Tree Depot events again this Spring. This time, with a totally different delivery model: online order and curbside pickup! This model allowed Londoners to view our tree availability online, learn about and select a tree, and choose a time to pickup their tree(s) from the ReForest London office at Westminster Ponds Centre. This format allowed us to ensure that our staff, volunteers, and the public were safe and maintained physical distancing, while still making it easy for Londoners to get a tree.

In 2020, we offered a wide variety of species, including many native species that are well adapted to our Carolinian eco-zone, as well as a selection of domestic and native fruit and nut trees for Londoners who are keen on growing their own food. Londoners were happy with their trees and loved this new pick-up model.

 “Such a great way to connect with the community and do good for the environment! My trees look great and the staff were amazing. Thanks, ReForest London!” – Brenda, a tree taker at our curbside pickup Tree Depot

Tree Depot ReForest London - Convertus

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increased understanding of the importance of nature for our mental and physical health. Londoners wanted to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, enjoying newfound passions for gardening and tending to the earth. We were lucky and happy to be able to provide Londoners with a chance to get outside and make a positive difference in London’s social and environmental health!

Overall, we distributed 3,390 trees to Londoners in 2020, hosting 29 unique pickup events at the ReForest London office. This effort couldn’t have been possible without the effort of our volunteers, of which 52 joined us to help hand out trees to Londoners!

Spring 2020

No gardener or outdoors enthusiast could have missed the surge in popularity of gardening and spending time outside in spring 2020, as people looked for ways to be outside and get their hands dirty as a way of coping with the global pandemic, planting seeds of hope, or just getting fresh air! 

After an incredibly challenging few months around the globe, we were ecstatic when we were able to offer free trees to Londoners in June 2020! Overall, we distributed 1,232 trees over 2.5 weeks and worked with 17 volunteers. Most days were beautiful and sunny, but even on those cold, rainy days, Londoners were still happy and grateful to be receiving free trees and improving London’s environment! 

Tree Depot ReForest London - Couple with treesFall 2020

Together with the City of London, we kicked off our Fall Tree Depots during National Forest Week on National Tree Day on September 25th! From dawn to dusk, our team of staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to give away almost 350 native trees in one day.

Improving upon our model from the Spring, we were able to give away almost double the amount of trees! This fall, we gave away a total of 2,158 trees over 3 weeks and worked with 35 volunteers.

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We extend our gratitude to our sponsors at the City of London, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Convertus and Canada Life for helping us get free trees in the hands of Londoners, and planted throughout the Forest City! With your help, we are able to improve and keep the forest in the Forest City, increase canopy cover, and empower London residents to help contribute to a healthier community!