what’s your mission

We work to realize our mission via quite a lot of applications, together with park naturalizations, schoolyard greening, residential planting applications, seedling cultivation and giveaways, outreach, and environmental training initiatives. Collectively, these applications profit hundreds of Londoners every year.

Due to the robust help we’ve loved from our neighborhood since our inception, we’ve grown into London’s largest environmental not-for-profit organisation, with over 450 tasks accomplished. In 2021 alone, we’ve facilitated or participated in 172 totally different occasions and planting tasks in our neighborhood, and we simply celebrated reaching 500,000 within the Million Tree Problem.

Planting in Meadowgate Park on 14 June 2022

Most Londoners know us for our vastly fashionable tree items, the place Londoners can take house as much as two timber per family without spending a dime! We maintain these a number of occasions a 12 months and you could find all the knowledge within the occasion itemizing on our web site.

However we’re a lot greater than that!

ReForest London is on the forefront of environmental and sustainability motion with the event of the Westminster Ponds Heart – an revolutionary heart that may foster collaboration within the environmental sector and produce high quality programming to hundreds of Londoners.

Meadowgate Park planting on September 18, 2022

What’s the means of getting timber from seed to cover?

The method from seed to cover is fascinating and ReForest London is a part of the method via our Seed Hub programme. The Seed Hub is a volunteer-run program targeted on ethically accumulating and rising seeds from our native timber and shrubs.

Seed assortment happens because the seeds mature. Seeds of various species ripen at totally different occasions of the 12 months. We not solely observe the timber but additionally the animals that depend on the seeds which is an efficient indicator that the seeds are able to be collected. Solely a small quantity of seed is required and picked up for planting, permitting the animals and birds to proceed consuming and stow away many of the harvest.

Father and daughter plant timber in Meadowgate Park on September 18, 2022

Working with native nurseries and greenhouses throughout London, the Seed Hub crops seeds in instructional workshops. These seedlings are a good way to extend the quantity and number of timber being returned to our neighborhood. Generally seedlings are grown to help ReForest London’s naturalization plantings.

Seeds are planted straight into parks and naturalization tasks, in clusters or at random intervals. This mimics pure dispersal by wind or native wildlife, encouraging pure regeneration in these areas and creating the most effective likelihood for seed survivability.

We additionally supply hundreds of timber every year from Southwest Ontario nurseries that develop native timber that we use for each naturalization tasks and our well-known tree items.

Fortunate tree recipient at London Brewing Coop’s tree depot on September 11, 2022

Why are timber so essential in city areas?

City forests have numerous constructive impacts on people. Analysis has proven that entry to nature in an city setting promotes psychological well-being and encourages bodily exercise. City forests additionally permit folks with decreased mobility entry to nature; Not having to journey removed from house means extra folks can benefit from the nice open air. City forests additionally cut back air air pollution, maintain summer time temperatures higher regulated, assist with flood management, and defend native wildlife habitats. Owners and tenants additionally profit from timber; Neighborhoods with excessive cover protection obtain larger actual property values, and the presence of timber even lowers heating and cooling prices.

Completely satisfied tree recipients on the London Brewing Coop tree depot on eleventh September 2022

Why is reforestation essential in racialized/marginalized communities?

Statistics constantly present that racialized and marginalized communities have the bottom cover in city settings. Reforestation is essential for these particular areas as city forests have a constructive affect on the standard of life and well being of people. A give attention to growing the cover in these areas is a precedence within the planning of ReForest London and its companions, together with the Metropolis of London.

How can folks become involved in tree planting? What sort of expertise or information do folks want to assist?

ReForest London affords a variety of alternatives for folks to become involved in tree planting. Throughout our spring and fall planting season, there are a number of plantings obtainable for the general public to take part in. These can happen wherever from public parks to privately owned properties. All of our occasions and volunteer alternatives are listed on our web site: https://www.reforestlondon.ca/occasions/

There are a lot of methods for folks to become involved in defending the setting in and round London that transcend planting timber. For extra data and to register as a volunteer, go to https://www.reforestlondon.ca/volunteer-application-form/

Anybody can volunteer! No particular information or expertise are required earlier than coming to your first planting with us. Our unbelievable group will present you what to do and methods to do it.

ReForest London is actually the environmental and sustainability chief in Southwest Ontario. We’ve tons of applications to assist plant timber on all kinds of land, in each nook of Forest Metropolis. We encourage everybody studying this to hitch us in making London a extra livable and greener place.

Anybody can take part, irrespective of the place they stay!