ReForest London (RFL) hosts a number of Neighbourhood Tree Giveaways each spring and fall through our Neighbourhood ReLeaf program. ReForest London launched the Neighbourhood ReLeaf program with the goal of getting trees into residential spaces in our community. By giving away trees to residents, RFL hopes that these trees will create a healthier and more expansive tree canopy in London!
This program offers free trees to Londoners to incentivize them to plant trees on their private property. During our Neighbourhood Tree Giveaways, Londoners pick up their newly ordered free trees at various locations throughout the city.
About Neighbourhood ReLeaf
Our Neighbourhood ReLeaf program focuses on empowering Londoners in our Forest City. Currently, 40% of land in London is controlled by individual residential land owners. There is a huge opportunity to empower individuals to plant trees in their yards and contribute to the growth of London. With Londoners from all of our communities coming together to take action, we can create a more sustainable city through the planting of trees, both in public and in private spaces!
All trees planted as part of the Neighbourhood ReLeaf Program will count towards London’s Million Tree Challenge and will be registered by ReForest London. If you have planted any other trees on your property since 2011, please take the time to register them at milliontrees.ca.
Neighbourhood Tree Giveaways
Neighbourhood Tree Giveaways are pop-up stations that offer free trees to anyone who is a resident of London. ReForest London strives to do a series of Neighbourhood Tree Giveaways each spring and fall.
At these events, we offer a variety of native tree species, and we have staff and volunteers on hand to assist you with your selection. Trees are between 3-7 feet tall. A variety of native tree species are available and may include maple, oak, tulip tree, hackberry, and various edible species including apples and hazelnuts. The availability is different at each depot, but we try to make sure we have something for every type of yard!
Not sure what tree to choose for your yard? Take a look at our Resource page so you can get a better understanding of what your yard’s conditions are and what trees are best suited for those conditions.
Residents may take 1-2 trees per household and must provide their address and email. Trees are free but donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated.
Picking Up Your Free Tree in 2021
1. Pre-order Online + Curbside Pick-Up
We adopted this method last spring due to COVID-19 restrictions, and people loved it so much we are going to continue to offer it this fall. This is great if you know what tree you want already or if you can’t make it out to one of our community events. Pick-ups will take place between Sept. 14th and 25th. Order form will be available on Thursday, September 9, at 12:00 pm.
You can select the species and quantity of tree(s) that you would like, then select a pick-up time from one of our available options. All trees will be picked up via curbside at the ReForest London office.
2. Community Tree Giveaways
We have a handful of opportunities this fall to come see us in person, and we can help you select the best tree for your property. We will have a variety of species to give away — including fruit trees at the Western Fair Market! — and you can see your tree in person before going home with it. These will be drop-in (first come, first serve) events.
All trees are free to London residents to plant in their yards, but we encourage and appreciate your donations. Every donation helps us pay it forward and continue to plant trees in parks, schoolyards, and neighbourhoods across London.
See our Community Tree Giveaway schedule below:
- Wednesday, September 22 – Westminster Ponds Centre
*National Tree Day Giveaway!* Drop-in or Pre-Order
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm – 944 Western Counties Rd.
- Sunday, October 3 – Westminster Ponds Centre
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – 944 Western Counties Rd.
Please visit our Events page for more information.
Are you looking for more than just two trees or have a specific tree size that you are looking for? Contact us to discuss what your options may be. We offer native tree purchases at a reduced cost to help reforest London.
Have questions about our Tree Depots? Contact Rachel Rensby, Program Coordinator at [email protected] or 519-936-9548 X 229.