To celebrate National Tree Day on September 23, the City of London and ReForest London are partnering to give away 2000 trees for Londoners to plant on their private property.
New this year, Londoners will be able to select a tree of their choice online beginning Tuesday, September 15 and select a time to collect their tree through curb-side, contact-free pick-up. Trees will be available for pick-up between September 23 and October 6 at ReForest London, 944 Western Counties Road.
In keeping with group size restrictions, physical distancing measures and other health precautions, this year’s giveaway has been modified from previous years to comply with restrictions and with staggered pick-up times to ensure the safety of the public and staff.
Londoners can choose from a variety of fruit and native tree species including conifers, ornamental and deciduous trees. Trees are available online on a first come, first serve basis. Residents unsure of which tree is best for their property or looking to learn more about the various tree species available can visit london.ca/nationaltreeday.
“We really want to continue encouraging canopy cover and biodiversity in London, and offering free trees to Londoners is among the best ways to do that,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “Trees we plant today will leave a positive and lasting impact in neighbourhoods across London for decades to come.”
In selecting a free tree and planting on private property, residents are helping London reach the Forest City tree canopy coverage goal to achieve 34% tree canopy cover by 2065. Thanks to the collective efforts by Londoners planting, preserving and caring for trees in the community over the past six years, London's tree canopy coverage has increased by 2.6% and is now at 26.8%.
Once planted, ReForest London will register each tree for the Million Tree Challenge; a community-wide initiative to inspire Londoners to plant one million new trees across the city – in every corner and neighbourhood.
The City of London is committed to providing accessible accommodations. If you require an accommodation to obtain or plant your tree, please call 519-661-2489, extension 4457, and we will work with you to determine a delivery method for your free tree.
If you are unable to make it out to this year’s event, ReForest London has another tree depot in October. To find out more, visit reforestlondon.ca.