Tree Power in the Forest City

Did you know a property without trees is devalued?

As we approach Earth Day, I just wanted to inform you of a couple of places you can get trees.

London Hydro and Upper Thames Conservation Authority are offering hardwood trees through their Tree Power program. The cost is $10- to $20 per tree.

Visit www.treepowerprogram.ca for more info. There are 600 trees available and five types of trees including Tulip and Ironwood.

The One Million Tree challenge is on right now in London and you may be able to get a tree free through this program. http://www.milliontrees.ca/

We are lucky that we have several trees and bushes on our property. We also own part of a ravine that runs in behind our home so we have a bit of nature coming up from the ravine into our backyard, such as racoons, skunks, possums and neat birds.

Will you plant a tree this year?

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8 thoughts on “Tree Power in the Forest City

  1. Would be nice to have the City buy up the whole lot and plant the trees on each side of Dundas from Adelaide all the way to Veterans, 2 by 2 every 20 meters. Maybe even order a few more truck loads and plant a boulevard of trees all along Hamilton and York as part of its effort to try to beautify those too often ignored and neglected parts of the city. And don’t stop there: every parking lot in the city should have cut out islands of greenery with trees to offset the impact of these paved-over eyesores. I’m thinking especially of the parking lot expanses of the Western Fair; some shopping centres, and some of this areas biggest employee parking lots too.

  2. Anyone,
    The Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Group is praised by One Million Trees for its promise to plant 1,200 trees and 200 different varieties. At least the Parkway will be green.

  3. It’s great this organization Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Group, has come to be formed. Though of all places needing landscape attention and sufferring unconscionable blight I wouldn’t think the Parkway wold rank as the City’s biggest priority. Besides, the responsibility for landscaping the VMP should have been borne exclusively by the designers/contractors at the point of, and as part of, the original project approval process. Why now the necessity for firing up more free public labour and additional back-door funding (from who knows where…as favours to who knows who or what) on something that was originally to have been paid for as a completed transparent project in the first place.

    If landscape was lacking then, obviously there was a failure and someone needed to be held to account.

    Sure, no one is knocking civic-pride, but I think the London City government, Plannniing Dept., Economic Development, Tourism and sundry business and community orgs should uniformily be taking a holistic visionary approach to the entire city’s needs rather than playing turf battles, or paying preferential attention only to corridors that are currently considered “hot” by real estate developers.

  4. There are tree-planting initiatives here Ms R – contact the 40+ year old
    Urban League, which usually knows what’s going on. The local volunteer
    community has taken a practical interest in this for years. The City Forester
    might also give you information on replacement plans.

  5. Not bound to office hours, Ms R you may find this hiatus lets you investigate the many
    voluntary bodies in the city with long traditions of public service outside the fields of
    health and social services. It might even provide fodder for this space on news-free days.
    A quick google search shows boy Scouts are labourers for those who with a special interest
    in the recenty Veteran re-named road – likely men of past military service who got the re-naming passed in the first place. [There was concern that only war deaths, not the act of military service
    itself was being memorialized].
    Individual ‘visions’ of how London can improve probably should be presented to the voluntary Environment advisory sub-committee to Council’s related Standing Committee. Even observing in on these hard-fought-for citizen advisory body meetings is educational – not something the press hasn’t been good at.

  6. The City is advertising for people to sit on a lot of theAdvisory committees and the
    deadlne is April 23. There’is now one called ‘Trees and Forests Advisory Committee’
    Vacancy – 8 Members – Meet Once Monthly 5 members-at-large A representative
    with forestry expertise A local business association or tree-related business An active
    community planting group
    -Get the impression that people willing to do this important sort of intensive knowledge-
    based municipal volunteer work is dropping off. Found a City poster on the League
    website, first time seen anything like that. Interested in a placement yourself now not
    ruled by any LFP conflict of interest rules ? Those with journalism rarely contribute this
    way..

  7. When VMP dedicated? ‘War dead and Veterans memorial’
    heading shows:
    London’s Airport Road was officially renamed Veterans
    Memorial Parkway in a City ceremony held September 15 2006.
    Among the dignitaries sharing in the event – which also marked
    the completion of the Airport Road expansion – were Khalil Rama
    MPP for London-Fanshawe and David Diggs Commander of
    London Zone A-6 Royal Canadian Legion. Veterans
    participating in the dedication of the 9.2 kilometre stretch
    of road honouring their service then attended a lunch at the
    Royal Canadian Air Force Association – 427 Wing headquarters.
    To view the photographs in a larger size, click on “thumbnail image.”

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