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Graham 10,000 Trees for the Dingman

On May 14, 2012 in Hamlyn Park, ReForest London and the Graham family launched the Graham 10,000 Trees for the Dingman, and mulit-year initiative to plant 10,000 native trees and shrubs in the Dingman watershed.

“As a kid I hiked, fished, and camped along the shores of Dingman Creek. I grew up next to Dingman Creek and my family has a history with Dingman Creek and the Watershed,” said Bill Graham. “The Graham’s take great pride in providing the trees for ReForest London in helping create a natural forest for generations to come. It’s our hope that others too can enjoy this beautiful natural resource”.

Community volunteers joined the Graham family in planting over 300 native trees and shrubs in the park today, naturalizing a 1,600 square metre area of the park located next to Thorncroft Creek. Thorncroft Creek is a feeder creek to the Dingman Creek. The Dingman Creek is London’s largest watershed. It is located in south London and extends beyond the east and west boundaries of the City of London, encompassing Lambeth and most of the Westminster Ponds Environmentally Significant Area. ReForest London has identified locations for more than 10,000 trees and shrubs to be planted in the watershed, and will plant the first 2,000 trees and shrubs in multiple projects this spring.

“This project will improve the water quality in the Dingman Creek, add new trees to this part of the city, improving air quality, and create new habitat for wildlife,” said Julie Ryan, ReForest London Executive Director. “We’re pleased to partner with the Graham family in this exciting new initiative.”

While the water quality in Dingman Creek is relatively high (a "B" grade from the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority), forest conditions remain poor (a "D" grade). The watershed contains numerous provincially significant wetlands, significant natural areas and areas of natural and scientific interest.  Endangered species in the watershed include American Chestnut (Castanea dentata), Blue Ash (Fraxinus quadrangulata), Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos), the Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera), White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) and Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera).

The Graham family has pledged $25,000 over 5 years to ReForest London to support this project and other tree planting initiatives by this non-profit organization.