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Urban League ReForest City Gateway Project

Project type: 
Community Initiatives Green Funds

Urban League ReForest City Gateway Project
Fall 2004-Spring 2005

In December 2003, the Urban League of London designed an environmental project to concentrate tree planting along main transportation corridors or “gateways” into London. Once completed, the ReForest City project would demonstrate intensive and successful tree planting in an urban setting. As a result, Londoners and the Urban League would be challenged and inspired to initiate similar projects in other parts of London.

This project did indeed inspire other Londoners, and the ReForest City project helped to launch ReForest London. (See Our Roots for more history.)

The project concentrated its planting in 3 areas: York-Adelaide-King intersections, London International Airport, and Westminister campus of the London Health Sciences Centre at Commissioners and Wellington. Over 150 trees were planted in the three locations.

Funded by London Community Foundation, Trees for London, and the Urban League of London, ReForest City has made a significant impact in three important areas of the city.

The effort of the ReForest City Project team has strengthened the Urban League's partnership with the City of London and brought renewed focus on the challenge of and the need for more tree planting in London . The ReForest City Project team consisted of nine participants from The Urban League, Trees for London , local landscape architects and interested members of the public.

The crew works at the York-King-Adelaide overpass location.

Planting begins at the York-King-Adelaide location.

A trailer full of trees at the York-King-Adelaide event.

Colourful stakes were used to make the trees more visible from the road at the York-King-Adelaide location.

George Sinclair, chair of the Urban League of London, next to a newly planted tree at the London International Airport, with stakes painted in the airport's corporate colours.

The trees at the London International Airport were planted in a wagon wheel design to be viewed from the air.

Several dozen trees were planted at the London Health Sciences Centre at the corner of Commissioners and Wellington.