BBQ, AGM and more

BBQ and AGM – Thursday, May 25

Hope to see you this coming Thursday, May 25th at Orchard Park Public School for our 3rd annual BBQ as well as our community Annual General Meeting. The BBQ starts at 6 pm, the meeting at 7:30 pm. Come for both if you can.

This is also a good time and place to renew or start your membership with Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest Ratepayers. Annual dues are only $10 per household and help support events like the BBQ.

Medway Valley Heritage Forrest ESA Conservation Master Plan

A reminder about a very important open house on Thursday, June 1 about the Medway. If you can’t make the meeting, Sandy will be sending out a link to the presentation boards. You can also comment by going to and filling out the comment section at Medway LAC comment sheet

WHAT: Community Open House for the Conservation Master Plan (CMP) Phase 2 for the Medway Valley Heritage Forest, Environmentally Significant Area (MVHF ESA) for the ESA lands south of Fanshawe Park Road West.

CMPs are guideline documents, providing direction in the management of ESAs. Phase 1 of the CMP was approved by Council in 2017 and the reports and findings are available on the City website.

WHY: You should attend the open house to have your say into the long term management and trail planning for the Medway VHF ESA (south of Fanshawe).

WHEN: Thursday June 1, 2017 – drop in from 5:30 – 7:30pm

WHERE: Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Rd, N6G 3M6

HOW: The Guidelines for Management Zones and Trails in ESAs document and process will be followed:

NEXT STEPS: The Community Open House presentation boards and a link to an ESA management and trail planning survey will posted on the City’s website on the ESA Conservation Master Plan Review webpage at:
www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-environments/Pages/Conservation-Plans.aspx

· The survey will be available from June 1, 2017 until July 1, 2017

· A second Community Open House is planned for October 2017

Note that the City has no proposals for trail improvements, and we are seeking input for ideas from the community to be considered through the process.

For more information please contact:

Linda McDougall, Ecologist
Environmental and Parks Planning, Planning Services
lmcdouga@london.ca 519-661-CITY(2489) Ext. 6494

Also in the Medway Valley

You may have noticed recent new plantings in the Medway. The UTRCA, using money donated from an anonymous donor in the neighbourhood, is beginning a restoration plane in conjunction with invasive species control. The trees and shrubs planted in the forest are shade tolerant species that are planted near small forest canopy openings to help fill gaps in the forest. The plan is to control buckthorn, Norway maple, goutweed, phragmites, perinwikle and potentially other invasive plants in this area.

Tree and shrub native species planted are white pine, bur oak, tulip tree, sugar maple, witch hazel, nannyberry, bladdernut, and chokeberry.

New Way to Report an Issue

Spotted a pothole? Basement flooded? Garbage wasn’t collected? The City of London has recently launched service.london.ca – a new website that allows residents to report a variety of issues online. If you’re a smart phone user, you can bookmark the web page and put it on your home screen for easy access.

Please Stay Aware

At 03:20 am on May 11, a car (med. sized sedan) was circling Runnymede Crescent and making frequent stops while two men on foot checked the doors of cars parked in driveways. The police were notified, however, it is unclear if they arrived to the area in time to locate the vehicle.

There was a break and enter attempt on Brentwood Crescent this month. Thankfully, an arrest was made.

Notice of Project Commencement – Wonderland Road Improvements EA Study

The City of London has retained Dillon Consulting Limited, to undertake a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the Wonderland Road Improvements that will widen the road from Southdale Road West to Sarnia Road.

This project will take some time and it will be even longer before construction in our area of Wonderland takes place. Available project information will be available on the City’s website:

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Open House – Medway Valley Heritage Forest ESA Conservation Master Plan Phase 2

WHAT: Community Open House for the Conservation Master Plan (CMP) Phase 2 for the Medway Valley Heritage Forest, Environmentally Significant Area (MVHF ESA) for the ESA lands south of Fanshawe Park Road West. CMPs are guideline documents, providing direction in the management of ESAs.

WHY
: You should attend the open house to have your say into the long term management and trail planning for the Medway VHF ESA (south).

WHEN: Thursday June 1, 2017 – drop in from 5:30 – 7:30pm

WHERE: Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Rd, N6G 3M6

See the meeting notice for further details.

2017 BBQ & Community Meeting – Thurs, May 25

All residents of Orchard Park and Sherwood Forest are invited to join us for our AGM and Third Annual Community BBQ.

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Orchard Park Public School

See the attached flyer for more info.

May 6 event rescheduled to May 13

The May 6 Community Day event in the northern part of the Medway has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 13th.

Garlic Mustard pull in the Medway Valley

This Sunday, April 30, at 11 am, we will be meeting at the Longbow entrance to the Medway Valley to pull out an invasive non-native plant called garlic mustard.

If you have gloves please bring them. A trowel can also be helpful, although the plant is usually easy to pull out. If the weather looks bad, a notice will be posted early Sunday AM.