The Forest City will soon have more trees thanks to $170,000 that has been provided to six city-wide tree planting projects during the second round of 2017 TreeME Matching Fund. The funding will go toward the planting of more than 4,300 trees in school yards, an industrial parkway, a community not-for-profit organization, a cemetery, and local resident’s homes.
Thousands of volunteers in 17 neighbourhoods will contribute matching hours to educate, support and assist residents, employees and school children in selecting, planting and maintaining these trees in their efforts to increase the tree canopy cover in London.
"As a council we've made a commitment to be one of the greenest cities in Canada and investments like these help us achieve that goal." said Mayor Matt Brown, "Thank you to all of the neighbourhood and community groups for helping to make this happen."
"Trees play a huge role in creating a sense of place and quality of life in our neighbourhoods,” said John Fleming, Managing Director of Planning & City Planner. “It's tremendous to see the community play a leadership role in tree planting to improve their own neighbourhoods in such a positive way."
Planting of trees on private property supports the strategic focus of Building a Sustainable City as identified in City Council’s Strategic Plan for the City of London 2015-2019. This initiative also supports the Urban Forest Strategy-Enhancing the Forest City. London has a goal of reaching a tree canopy cover of 34% by 2065 through the mission to plant more, protect more and maintain better. The TreeME community grant program helps achieve this goal ensuring that London has a resilient and sustainable urban forest for current and future generations.