The Corporation of The City of London
May 14, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Million Tree Challenge – Ward Showdown
Councillors accept challenge to RePlant the Forest City
Six City Council members today squared off in a friendly competition to see
which of their wards can plant the most trees on private property this spring
In support of the continuing Million Tree Challenge launched last year by
ReForest London, Councillor Matt Brown volunteered Ward 7 to take on Councillor
Joni Baechler and Ward 5; Councillor Bud Polhill volunteered Ward 1 to take on
Councillor Sandy White and Ward 14; and Councillor Denise Brown volunteered Ward
11 to take on Councillor Nancy Branscombe and Ward 6.
The Ward Showdown is a light-hearted challenge, where the entire city “wins” by
the fact that more trees will be planted in London’s neighbourhoods.
"I’m very pleased to see our Council members taking on this challenge”, says
Mayor Joe Fontana. “This is a community builder that delivers a big
environmental boost to each ward and our entire city. I’m looking forward to
watching the numbers grow as Londoners plant more trees and in the end we all
To gain credit for every tree planted, residents will need to register their
www.milliontrees.ca. Plantings which have already occurred this year will
also count towards ward totals.
During the course of the 2012 planting seasons, ReForest London will be hosting
a number of
Community Tree Sales – making it even easier for Londoners to take part in
the challenge. Tomorrow, ReForest London joins the Middlesex London Health Unit,
hosting a Community Tree Sale at 50 King Street between 11:30 and 1:30 p.m.