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Admiral Park Multicultural Tree Planting Event

Project type: 
Park Naturalization
Year: 
2018
Season: 
Fall

Our first of two special multicultural tree plantings this fall saw over 100 volunteers, representing over 10 countries from around the world, plant trees together to make London an even better place to live and to connect with our history and identity as the Forest City.

Volunteers from LUSO, as well as Fanshawe Residences joined us in Admiral Park for a beautiful (if somewhat cloudy!) day of planting trees.  Volunteers worked together to plant 66 new trees along pathways in this park to grow into large shade trees in the future.  We had multiple language interpreters on site with us to help translate to our volunteers new to Canada: for many, this will have been their first chance to really put down "new roots" in their new home.  

Volunteers learned how to dig holes, place trees, and fill the holes in, before a breakout session occurred to share stories about the role of trees, volunteering, and community among the many cultures represented.  Everyone enjoyed snacks and apple cider while learning about native tree species in Canada, as well as reflecting about the importance of trees in everyone’s home country.  Tree collars and mulch were added as a final step, and everyone walked away proud to have left a living legacy behind.

This event would not have been possible without the help of the amazing staff team at LUSO, one of London's local settlement agencies and our main partner for this event.

“Planting trees with Reforest London gave our newcomer clients the opportunity to make a mark on their community, learn the importance of volunteering, and set down some (literal!) roots in Canada. The families and youth that attended are still talking about the event and are making plans to visit the park again to see how the tree they planted changes with the seasons and with time. Families also learned a little more about Canadian native trees, such as the sugar maple and tulip tree. The many youth involved were very eager and I constantly heard echoes of "I love doing this!"” said Holly Brown, the Literacy Coordinator at LUSO.

Many thanks to the funders for this event: the Government of Canada (through the Department of Canadian Heritage's InterAction program), CN (through the CN Ecoconnexions program), Tree Canada, the City of London, and the Government of Ontario through the Healthy Kids Community Challenge and the Multicultural Community Capacity granting program.