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TreeCycle Program

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TreeCycle gives Londoners a whole new way to support the Million Tree Challenge!

We invite citizens to pot up extra trees from their own yards and then donate them for use in a variety of Million Tree Challenge projects. 

In return for their trees, donors receive a charitable receipt for the value of their trees. It's a win-win for trees and Londoners here in the Forest City.

This Fall, you can help us plant more trees in the Forest City by donating your native and non-invasive tree seedlings at our TreeCycle events! 


Dates: Wednesday September 16th and Thursday September 17th
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm (both days)
Where: ReForest London office, at 944 Western Counties Rd. 

Every individual bringing in a non invasive tree, 1' tall or greater will receive a charitable tax receipt of $10 per tree for their donation. 

Need pots? Or, do you have trees and this time and date does not work for you? Please contact Kelsey Nicholls to arrange a time that does.

Click here to see a list of example native trees (green) and non-invasive non-native trees (yellow) that we accept for donation.




First tree donation


Our first TreeCycle event was held in spring, 2013. Londoners donated a total of 131 non-invasive trees, with a total value of $1,248 dollars. These trees have since been worked into a variety of our spring Million Tree Challenge initiatives, including our neighbourhood and park planting programs.

Many of the trees we've receive through this program have been "volunteer" trees that have self-seeded into homeowner's flower beds, but some are plants that have been grown by local seed collectors who want to help us by growing their own trees, as well as local businesses such as Winmar and State Farm that have held tree growing competitions at their offices.

Many thanks to all the Londoners who participated and helped make the event a success!


How to Participate

We hold TreeCycle events twice a year, once in May and once in September. Dates will be posted on the ReForest London main page as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts about a month before the event is to be held.

Every individual bringing in a non-invasive tree 1' tall or greater will receive a charitable receipt of $10 per tree for their donation!

If you are planning to donate, please pot up your tree at least 1 week before the event, so you'll be able to tell if the transplant was successful before bringing it to our office. (Our space here is limited, so we want to do our best to use it for healthy plants).

If you need pots, we have pots available at the ReForest London office! Just give us a call to find out how you can pick some up - 519-936-9548 ext. 222.

If you are an experienced gardener or forester and have practice identifying trees (especially non-native, horticultural varieties) our team would also welcome your expertise at the event!

UWO Grow Big Donation

Help Us Get the Word Out!

On Twitter -- You can help us by tweeting about the trees you plan to donate by using the #treecycling, #ldnont, #milliontree tags and the @rfldn handle! For example:

I'm going to be #treecycling two sugar maple trees @RFLdn this fall for the #milliontrees!

Facebook -- You can like us on Facebook and encourage your friends to "like" our page as well - regular updates on the TreeCycle event will happen in the weeks leading up to the event.

By Word of Mouth -- Word of mouth is often the best way to get people interested in a program! Please let your friends, family and neighbours know if you plan on donating - it's very possible they may wish to too!

Newsletters -- If you belong to a group with an interest in plants, please feel free to give us a shout out in your newsletter!

Important Notes

1) Height: Trees must be a minimum of 1 foot tall and a maximum of 6 feet tall in order to be donated.

2) Root Ball: When digging your tree out, please try to retain as much of the rootball as possible. Roots are essential to the tree's survival.

A good rule of thumb is to cut the root ball so it is at least two-thirds the width of the branch spread. When digging, start by digging a circle around the tree using straight cuts into the soil with your spade. This will cleanly sever the spreading roots and make it easier to make the second set of cuts which you will use to get the plant out. After cutting this initial circle, go back around again to do angled cuts beneath the plant to finish cutting it out. Clean, sharp shovels will do a better job of transplanting than worn ones.

Trees do better if "root pruned" one season before you plan to pot it: this means cutting the roots in the shape of the hole you're eventually going to dig (by just cutting down with a shovel, and leaving it in the same spot with all the roots still covered). This will cause the plant to grow more roots within the root ball you will eventually be putting into a pot.

3) Good Condition: Please aim to have your plants in their pots being well-watered for at least a week before being donated. This way, if they haven't survived the transplant process, you should be able to tell before coming out to donate them.

4) Species: If you know what species your tree is, please label it, but if not, our volunteers will help identify it for you. If you cannot bring your plant in a pot, we can help pot it for you.

5) No Invasives: Please note that we cannot accept invasive species, which include all the plants from the "red list" in our "Choosing the Right Tree in London, Ontario" brochure. Some of the most common invasive species to look out for are Norway Maple (including "Crimson King"), European Buckthorn, Glossy Buckthorn, Sycamore Maple and Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus).

How Control Invasive Species

We ask that you check that the plants you are bringing are not one of our red list species species before bringing it in for donation. These species are harmful to our natural ecosystems, and should be eliminated from our area.

If you are not sure what species your tree is, we ask that you rule out it being one of these four particularly common invasives by checking out our "How to Identify Common Invasive Trees" page.

6) Plants From Yards or Greenhouses Only: Please do not dig plants out of woodlands or other natural areas for the purpose of making a donation through TreeCycle. This can be an extremely harmful practice for natural areas which depend on their seedlings for the next generation of forest trees, and we cannot accept such transplants through this program.

If you have any questions about our TreeCycle initiative, please contact us by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 519-936-9548 x221.

Happy digging!