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Celebration Forest Event 2018

On Saturday May 12th 2018, ReForest London held its 8th annual Celebration Forest Event. The event welcomed hundreds of attendees who planted trees in honour of loved ones. In total, 124 trees were planted in memory, 56 trees were planted in celebration, and two were planted in honour of beloved pets.

Family at Celebration Forest

 

Ceremony and Planting

The day included a ceremony where the names of the honourees were read, followed by a tree planting in the Celebration Forest, situated by the Westminster Ponds Environmentally Significant Area. During the ceremony, we welcomed local poet, Frank Beltrano, who read two tree poems. The event was made possible by four staff, plus 28 volunteers and board members who provided over 80 hours of service. In addition, the event was made possible by two generous sponsors, Horizon Leadership and LTC Landscape Services.

 

Notable Tree Gifts

Out of this year’s Tree Gifts, 31 were purchased by local businesses and not-for-profits to honour clients, patients or past employees. Our biggest supporters were Dr. Pavan of the Whitehills Dental Centre, London Hydro, and the London Convention Centre. Included in these was one purchased by the Jacob Ross Clemens Foundation in honour of their namesake, and one from Addiction Services Thames Valley, in honour of the 400 lives lost to the opioid crisis in London Ontario. If your business or organization would like to purchase a Tree Gift, please contact treegift@reforestlondon.ca.

 

Memorable Moment

Photography volunteer Kate Fraser had this to say about a special moment she captured during the tree planting.

“I was fortunate enough to meet two wonderful ladies who came with intentions to sing a water song to the trees to ensure their best growth. These indigenous women sang from their hearts to the trees while making music with their hide-drums and shakers. It was truly moving... What a wonderful country we live in that we can learn from our Aboriginal ancestors and learn to grow as a beautiful community together. It was an honour to photograph!”

Drumming

Check out Kate's photography on Instagram at @kayfras5213.

To see all the photos from the event, click here.