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Tree Planting Ceremony

Tree Planting Ceremony

The 2021 Celebration Forest tree planting event will take place on September 9, 11 and 12, 2021. Order by August 15th to take part this year.

Tree Gift planting takes place once per year in the Celebration Forest.  The event begins with a brief ceremony to recognize Tree Gift Honourees, followed by a tree planting demonstration and then planting of Honouree trees.  Volunteers and staff will be present to ensure that each tree is planted for those who are unable to attend the ceremony or plant their own tree.  This event is open to all who wish to attend, and participation in the tree planting is encouraged.  Watch Video

 Ceremony and Tree PlantingFamily Planting Tree

  • All trees will be planted on the day of the Tree Planting Ceremony by families and volunteers
  • Names of the honourees will be read during the Ceremony
  • Remarks from ReForest London and London Health Sciences Centre
  • Brief demonstration on how to plant a tree, followed by tree planting
  • Stay as long as you like to enjoy the event and plant additional trees. You may also leave after your tree is planted
  • The event will close once all trees are planted

Come Plant Your Tree!
Attend the Tree Planting Ceremony and ReForest London staff or a volunteer can assist you with planting your tree.

Planting a Tree:

  • Can be a healing experience to remember past loved ones
  • Can be a celebration of new beginnings or joyous occasions
  • Brings families, friends, and coworkers together in a meaningful way
  • Helps the environment and your community

Visit the Celebration Forest

Over time, watch the Celebration Forest grow as a living legacy. The Celebration Forest is located behind Parkwood Hospital, and next to Westminster Ponds in the City of London. The Celebration Forest can be accessed by car, bike or foot on Western Counties Road. (view map)

Notification of the Tree Planting Ceremony

ReForest London will notify the Honouree or Family of the deceased of the tree gift and ceremony.

  • Notification that a tree will be planted in Honour or in Memory at the Celebration Forest
  • Your personal message included in either: A Greeting Card, E-Card, or Printable Certificate
  • An invitation to the Tree Planting Ceremony, held in spring and conducted outdoors

Dedication Forest Signage and Online Dedication Registry

To retain the natural beauty of the Celebration Forest, individual trees are not marked or plaqued in any way. The Honouree names will be listed on our Dedication Forest signage, and listed perpetually on an online Dedication Registry.

What Types of Trees Will Be Planted?

ReForest London has developed a list of native tree species that are appropriate for the habitats surrounding the woodland at Westminster Ponds.
View Tree Species List


The Celebration Forest is an initiative of ReForest London in partnership with London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. The health-care organizations have designated this land to ReForest London for tree planting, as part of their ongoing commitment to the health of Southwestern Ontario’s people and the environment. 

Click here to return to the Celebration Forest Home Page to order a tree.

Questions? Contact the Tree Gift Coordinator at [email protected] or 519-936-9548 x221 for assistance.