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Multicultural Planting at Cheswick Park!

Project type: 
Park Naturalization
Year: 
2018
Season: 
Fall

The rain showed up but that didn’t stop us!  What a turn out!  Thank you to our amazing volunteers from the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, YMAP, Old Oak Properties, and all across the community!  This was our second of two Multicultural Planting events we held this year.  Thank you to our language interpreters for assisting throughout the day!  Over the course of 3 hours, these 60 volunteers planted 19 large shade trees along the park pathways, and an additional 228 native trees and shrubs in naturalization areas throughout the park!  Neighbours and local dog walkers were ecstatic to see more trees being added to their favourite park!  Volunteers broke out into focus groups and discussed the importance of volunteering in the community, the importance of planting trees, and what kinds of trees were of cultural significance in their home countries.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

Take a look at some of the things our amazing volunteers had to say:

“I’m helping out today because there are a lot of problems having to do with climate change.  I’m planting trees because trees are literally our life source.  Without trees we wouldn’t be able to be here.  And without us, trees won’t be able to survive.  This isn’t just for us humans but for all the animals and living organisms.” – Amira (country of origin: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

“We came here to meet new people, give back to the community, and have fun!” – Jared (Canada), Feras (Eritrea), and Apollo (Congo)

A big thank you to Old Oak Properties for joining us and bringing along TimBits, hot chocolate, and coffee to make the day more enjoyable and keeping our hands nice and warm!  Old Oak Properties is ReForest London’s newest Silver Level Sponsor, and the official “Oak Tree Sponsor” for the 2018 season.

A big thank you to our funders for this event, 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 Grant.