Tag Archives: Hiking Trail Development & Maintenance

Trails Open October 1 & 2 – Westminster Ponds

 

The London Environmental Network is pleased to be hosting this year’s Trails Open event at Westminster Ponds. Trails Open is part of Doors Open, a province wide cultural event where people are invited into places they might not normally access. These include cultural ‘treasures’ of all descriptions. Trails Open is a part of London’s 15th annual Doors Open and Cultural Days October 1 & 2 and focuses on celebrating our natural heritage.

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority describes the area as follows. “At approximately 200 hectares, Westminster Ponds / Pond Mills Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is the largest publicly-owned ESA in London. The ESA is significant for its size and for its great variety of natural habitats within the boundaries of a major urban centre. The site is also designated as a Provincially Significant Wetland.”

LEN member groups will be offering a variety of activities at Trails Open to introduce the citizens of London to this natural gem in our community. Activities include guided hikes, presentations on future conservation plans for Westminster Ponds, native species planting, and a tree depot (free trees!) and tree cycling event (giving native species a new home).  LEN is proud of the collaboration between the environmental groups in putting on a program that features a broad range of the area’s most features.

For the most up-to-date information on what Nature London, Thames Valley Trail Association, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, ReForest London, and Thames Talbot Land Trust have in store check the trails-open-2016-schedule.

Access to the activities at Westminster Ponds beginning at 10:30 a.m. each day is via Western Counties Road (off Commissioners Road east, across from LHSC).

This is a family friendly event. Due to the large number of visitors expected and to keep disturbance of the natural areas to a minimum we ask that dogs be left at home.

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Utrca_logoMission

Inspiring a healthy environment.

Organizational Objectives

  • Flood and Erosion Protection
  • Water Quality Protection and Improvement
  • Natural Areas Protection and Expansion
  • Conservation Areas
  • Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Volunteer Coordinator

Mary Sloan

(519) 451-2800 ext. 277


Contact Us

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
1424 Clarke Road,
London, ON N5V 5B9

(519) 451-2800
thamesriver.on.ca

Friends of Medway Creek

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Community members promoting the protection and improvement of the Medway Creek watershed.

Organizational Objectives

The Friends of Medway Creek was established to collaborate with landowners, municipalities and agencies to identify potential restoration activities or sites and to engage the broader Medway Creek community in best management practices.


Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Clean-up days
  • Invasive-species removal

Volunteer Coordinator

Julie Welker

(519) 451-2800 ext. 255


Contact Us

Friends of Medway Creek
c/o UTRCA, 1424 Clarke Road
London, ON  N5V 5B9

(519) 451-2800 ext. 255
Friends of Medway Creek Website

Friends of Meadowlily Woods Community Association

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To preserve and protect the integrity of the Meadowlily area.

Organizational Objectives

The Friends of Meadowlily Woods is a not-for-profit community association dedicated to protecting and preserving the integrity of Meadowlily Woods, Environmentally Significant Area, a natural woodland in our area.  We are also committed to saving the natural and historic nature of our community from inappropriate development that could endanger this natural area. We are interested in protecting and preserving the historic and cultural features of the area.


 Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Cleaning and clearing the area from litter
  • Protection of the natural area by cooperating and coordinating events with Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and the City of London

Volunteer Coordinator

Susan High

519-681-4805


Contact Us

Friends of Meadowlily Woods Community Association
141 Meadowlily Road South
London, ON  N6M 1C3

519-680-7488
meadowlilywoods.ca

Thames Valley Trail Association

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Encouraging walking and hiking as recreation for families and individuals of all ages, and in fostering appreciation and conservation through the development and maintenance of marked trails.

Organizational Goals

  • Develop and maintain a hiking trail in the Thames Valley with subsidiary trails where possible
  • Publicize trails and promote hiking as a form of recreation and leisure both within and outside the association itself
  • Develop a favourable attitude toward trails and hiking, and an appreciation of our natural environment.

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Leading hikes
  • Trail maintenance
  • Public relations events

Volunteer Coordinator

Judy Kwasnica

Tel: (519) 645-2845


Contact Us

Thames Valley Trail Association
c/o Grosvenor Lodge 1017 Western Road
London, ON N6G 1G5

(519) 645-2845
tvta.ca

Thames Talbot Land Trust

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The Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of lands and waters with significant natural, recreational, scenic, historical or agricultural value.

Organizational Objectives

The Thames Talbot Land Trust improves the quality of life in our area by preserving ecological heritage (both natural and agricultural), supporting environmental education, and providing opportunities for passive recreational activities like hiking and birding.


Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Workday Volunteers (planting, invasive species removal, trail maintenance)
  • Event Planning
  • Administrative Assistance


Contact Us

Thames Talbot Land Trust
P.O. Box 25054
London, ON N6C 6A8

(519) 858-3442
thamestalbotlandtrust.ca