Tag Archives: Environmental Education

Forest Festival

ReForest London is excited to invite you to our first ever Forest Festival in Harris Park on Saturday, August 19th! From 11 am to 3 pm, this family-oriented event is all about celebrating trees, forests, and our identity as the Forest City! A BBQ picnic from Growing Chefs will be offered by donation to the first 500 attendees, where every dish includes an ingredient grown from a tree!

We are partnering with local organizations to provide a fun-filled day of interactive activities for all ages.

Activities include:

·         A massive free tree giveaway

·         A bird show by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy

·         The Hood Archery

·         A giant interactive art piece from the London Arts Council that will be filmed by a drone!

·         A fire truck

·         Educational tree hikes

·         Local businesses, artisans and musicians

·         Environmental organizations

This is sure to be a huge and exciting event, so mark your calendars! It will be a tree-rrific time for all!

  • Date: Saturday August 19th
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Location: Harris Park

 

Want to have a booth? We still have space for a few more tree-related businesses and organizations. If you are interested, email Kelsey Nicholls, Festival Coordinator at Kelsey@reforestlondon.ca.

Want to volunteer at the event? Click here to help with set-up or take-down, or contactvolunteer@reforestlondon.ca for more information.

Coves Hike – Swallowtail Grove

Hike will be through Swallowtail Grove from the entrance to the Thames River (under the bridge) and back.

Meeting place: at Horton St. and Springbank Dr. (west side of intersection)
When: Monday, July 31st. 5:00-6:30pm

Join the hike to connect with a unique area with the Coves, whether you have been before and never seen this part of London before it is a beautiful area to visit. New and experienced hikers welcome! Family Friendly!

Hope to see you there!

Things you may want to bring, or wear:
– Water
– Sunscreen (forecast – 30 degrees Celsius, full sun)
– Hat
– Binoculars
– Camera

For more information or questions contact:
Bonnie Stocking
Communication and Outreach Intern
519-640-5397
friendsofthecoves@gmail.com

Six Nations Earthship Tour

Last summer, Earthship Biotecture visited the Six Nations territory to build a simple survival Earthship for Flower, grandmother of five and lifelong member of the Six Nations community.  She had been living in a trailer for 30 years.

Marianne Griffith, director of Building Better, committed herself to four years of ground work to see this project come to fruition.

Construction was completed in 11 days!  The Huffington Post made this video about it.

Flower is opening her Earthship to the public on Sunday, 30th July.  This is the new, simple survival wood model earthship – the first of its kind.  This model showcases low cost, low tech systems, with the total material budget at ~$40,000. We will be running tours and raising funds for the next Six Nations build: the Mohawk Seedkeepers’ Earthship.

If you can’t make it, but would like to contribute to the build, you can do so here.
https://www.gofundme.com/maintenance-for-flowers-earthship?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sharing_image&utm_campaign=invite_n

Fruit and Nut Tree Care Workshop

OIN US TO LEARN HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW OR EXISTING FRUIT AND NUT TREES. YOU WILL LEARN BASIC PRUNING AND PEST CONTROL AS WELL AS HOW TO BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM OF YOUR TREE TO HELP PREVENT DISEASE AND PEST ISSUES.

This workshop is being offered by ReForest London, through generous funding from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the City of London’s TreeMegrant. The workshop will be conducted by Jessica Robertson, of Wild Craft Permaculture. Taking place at the Wood St. Park Food Forest, a citizen-led initiative to bring more edible fruit and nut trees to the local community.

Maximum participants is 35. If you can’t make the event, please let us know so that we can open the workshop up to other participants.

Address: 46 Wood St. (Path in between 44 and 48 Wood St). Parking on Wood St.

At this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Prune a fruit or nut tree
  • Detect issues with your tree
  • Intro to grafting
  • Tree maintenance tips

Reasons to plant and care for edible trees:

  • Grow your own food
  • Create pollinator-friendly spaces
  • Enjoy gorgeous blossoms in the spring
  • Small tree that can fit in almost any yard

What to bring to the workshop:

  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Wear weather appropriate clothing
  • Pruners if you have them

Bird House Installations in Coves

Are you interested in helping to give birds a safe place to live?

Putting up bird houses is a fun way to provide birds with shelter and a safe nesting area.
SIGN UP TODAY!! Email friendsofthecoves@gmail.com to sign up.
What: Putting up pre-made bird houses.
Where: From Elmwood Gateway (meeting place), through East pond to Swallowtail Grove
When: Friday 14th, from 1:00-4:00pmWe have about 20 bird houses and will provide the supplies for putting them up, however, if you have a hammer that you would like to bring, please do.  Please be prepared to walk.

What you should bring:

  • water
  • sunscreen and be dressed for outdoor

East Pond Hike – Friends of the Coves

July 6th (good for beginners and families with children)
Where: Starts on Springbank Dr. (the little one) at the entrance west of
Brookdale Ave. We will walk to the Elmwood gateway and back.
When: Group will meet at 5:00 and will go to 6:00-6:30 depending on our pace.
Parking: There is parking on the south side of Springbank Dr. near the access
point and a couple spots at the end of Brookdale Ave.
Items you may want to bring:
– camera or smart phone for taking pictures and/or videos
– binoculars (especially for bird enthusiasts)
– bug spray in general or containing DEET
– water
– snacks (particularly if you have young children with you)

Maps of the Coves ESA boundary and Trails will be provided at no cost, and Tom Benner Coves Poster may be purchased for $10 at the hike for those who want one.

Hope to see you there!

Green Drinks London – June

Green Drinks is back in London and we are hosting our next event at the London Brewing Co-operative on Wednesday June 14th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The London Environmental Network is planning to host Green Drinks every 2 months for 2017 (June, August and October).

Our speaker is Sean Galloway, Manager of Urban Design and GIS at the City of London. He will be speaking about the Future City strategy for London. Future City is a community discussion about connecting London to improve our city through technology. Future City is looking to connect people, the environment, technology and the city to build urban places that reduce our carbon footprint and improve our overall quality of life.

The strategy will guide investment and partnerships to implement initiatives around four pillars that include smart living, smart infrastructure, smart economy and smart decisions/governance.

A Future City is a city that uses forms of information and communications technology to make the city more livable, functional and competitive.

Invite your friends and family! RSVP on Eventbrite here.

There is a bike rack at the venue, and try to carpool or bus if you can’t use active transportation.

Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network of people interested in talking about environmentally related topics. Stay in the loop by checking the London Environmental Network’s website.

Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc.

Mission  

Community Tree Planting Made Easy. Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc. will help broad-based community groups develop their neighbourhoods through tree planting projects.

Organizational Objectives

There are many great ideas to enhance the environment and improve communities through tree planting.   However there are many technical details that go into a successful implementation of a tree planting project that can seem overwhelming to a group of well-meaning volunteers. Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc. (T43D) will assist with those technical details allowing the group to focus on the goals of the project and to rally the support of the community.  T43D’s team of experts will help with:

  • Project design and implementation planning
  • Obtaining permits and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations
  • Fund-raising, especially contacts with foundations, government grants, and corporate sponsors
  • Administrative support including reporting requirements to funding agencies
  • Material acquisition both of trees and planting materials
  • Equipment and tools
  • Access to a base of professional and community volunteers
  • Volunteer training in highly successful tree planting techniques
  • Planting Day event management
  • Development of an After-Care and Tree monitoring program

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Coordinator

Barry Sandler
Email Barry

 

Contact Us

Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc.

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Collaborative Composting Initiative: Forks to Farm Project

In August of 2015, the London Environmental Network (LEN) brought together representatives from the City of London, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste, non-profit environmental groups, environmentally focused businesses and concerned citizens to dialogue about the opportunities for collaborative composting projects. The result are three collaborative composting projects. In this month’s LEN community newsletter, we feature the Forks to Farm Project.

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The purpose of the Fork to Farm Pilot Project is to demonstrate that organic waste recovery is achievable and practical for restaurants. The project will demonstrate the process and produce data to support this assertion. Organics from restaurants involve everything from used oil in grease traps to any form of food product.

The project will engage 5-15 restaurants in London. There will be no cost to the participants during the pilot phase. The City of London will pick up organic waste, from bins provided to the restaurants by Wild Craft Permaculture, and deliver it to a recycling facility.

Participating facility StormFisher is a locally owned and operates a 2.85 MW biogas facility in London that converts up to 100,000 tons of organic waste each year into electricity and organic-based fertilizer.  Biogas power generation systems produce electricity from organic’s methane content while also recapturing and returning valuable nutrients as an organic fertilizer. The fertilizer is used by local farmers and the electricity is fed into the grid and sold to the Ontario Government.

Three project team members are community volunteers contributing their time and expertise to the planning, launch, facilitating and evaluation of the project. We look forward to updates on the project again in the fall when it wraps up in October.

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A special thank you goes out to Brandon Moffatt from StormFisher for showing us around, allowing us to photograph the project, and loaning us beautiful, over-sized work boots to walk around in!

Written By: Lee Jones
Photography By (except for aerial photograph): Katie Michiels

Collaborative Composting Initiative: Hamilton Road Community

The London Environmental Network (LEN) has undertaken a collaborative composting initiative to engage organizations from all sectors in a community collaboration process.

LEN has received funding through the Sustainability Network’s Opportunities Track Program to lead the Composting Collaborative Project. As a result of a cross-sectoral planning process, three projects are now underway in London.

  • Residential (Individual) Composting – Thames Regional Ecological Association (TREA)
  • Community Composting – Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre (Hamilton Road Food Prosperity Initiative)
  • Institutional, Commercial & Industrial (IC&I) Composting – Collection of community non-profit and environmentally conscious businesses (who we will give more detail about in a future issue)

Today, we are pleased to share a preliminary report on the Hamilton Road Food Prosperity Initiative!

It’s hard to ignore the many benefits that stem from a community that composts regularly. It’s an important way to give back to our environment through such natural ways as the reduction of landfill waste, the creation of new, nutrient rich soil and aggregates, improvement in the overall air quality, and so on. This year, we have aimed to highlight collaborative composting initiatives happening right here in London starting with the Hamilton Road community.

The Hamilton Road community began their initiative in hopes to promote composting in the Dillabough community garden plot with the help of the London Community Resource Centre, Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Try Recycling, and compost experts from the community. The composter will be maintained by the youth participating in the Summer Splash program. Following the end of this program, these young participants will continue to promote the composting method within the Hamilton Road community; looking to turn this seasonal initiative into a long-term sustainable goal. The overall aim of this initiative is to promote and grow the awareness of composting and its ongoing benefits for the community’s neighbourhood and environment. With an aim to reach members in the local area, community gardeners and other who are simple interested in gaining more education on compost practices, the Hamilton Road initiative is finding ways to please everyone.

At this stage in the initiative, the composter has been built at the Dillabough community garden plot. This plot will soon be host to “Compost Talks” that will look to engage and involve youth from the community, Dillabough gardeners, and other Hamilton Road community members.

Here at LEN, we look forward to keeping you updated on the wonderful stories to come from this collaborative composting initiative at the Hamilton Road community.

A very special thank you goes out to Bethany at Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre for showing LEN around Dillabough garden plot.

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Written & Photography By: Katie Michiels
Marketing and Communications, London Environmental Network