The Forest City will soon have more trees thanks to $170,000 that has been provided to six city-wide tree planting projects during the second round of 2017 TreeME Matching Fund.
The funding will go toward the planting of more than 4,300 trees in school yards, an industrial parkway, a community not-for-profit organization, a cemetery, and local resident’s homes.
“As a council we’ve made a commitment to be one of the greenest cities in Canada and investments like these help us achieve that goal,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “Thank you to all of the neighbourhood and community groups for helping to make this happen.”
The projects to receive 2017 Tree ME Matching Fund support include:
- L’Arche Gathering Place (L’Arche London): Planting native trees on the new L’Arche property, which is also accessible to the surrounding community
- Tree Depot Events: Fall 2017 (ReForest London): Planting 1,800 native, fruit and nut trees, which will be distributed across nine neighbourhoods to residents for planting on private property. As well, 40 volunteers will assist residents in tree selection and provide tree care and maintenance education
- Woodland Cemetery Canopy Recovery (Cathedral Church of St. Paul): Thirty large trees will be planted in the cemetery enhancing canopy coverage for trees lost to age and environmental damage
- Tree Depot Events: Spring 2018 (ReForest London): Planting 1,800 native, fruit and nut trees, which will be distributed across 12 neighbourhoods to residents for planting on private property. As well 40 volunteers will assist residents in tree selection and provide tree care and maintenance education
- Trees for Skyway Industrial Park 1 (Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc.): Volunteers and employees will plant 200 large trees in a single day, increasing tree coverage in an under-treed area of the city
- The Learning Tree Project (ReForest London): Some 1,200 students from 20 schools from both school boards, will learn about native and shade trees and will assist in the selection and planting of 300 trees in school yards across the city
Thousands of volunteers in 17 neighbourhoods will contribute matching hours to educate, support and assist residents, employees and school children in selecting, planting and maintaining these trees in their efforts to increase the tree canopy cover in London.
“Trees play a huge role in creating a sense of place and quality of life in our neighbourhoods,” said John Fleming, City of London managing director of planning and city planner. “It’s tremendous to see the community play a leadership role in tree planting to improve their own neighbourhoods in such a positive way.”
Planting of trees on private property supports the strategic focus of Building a Sustainable City as identified in city council’s Strategic Plan for the City of London 2015-2019.
This initiative also supports the Urban Forest Strategy-Enhancing the Forest City. London has a goal of reaching a tree canopy cover of 34 percent by 2065 through the mission to plant more, protect more and maintain better.
The TreeME community grant program helps achieve this goal, according to city officials, by ensuring London has a resilient and sustainable urban forest for current and future generations.