Medway Decides and Adopt an ESA

medway_decides_posterMedway Decides

On Saturday, October 29th from 10 am to 3:30 pm, there will be voting for the projects submitted for the City’s “Medway Decides” pilot project.

A number of ideas from our area have been submitted. City staff are working on the feasibility of ideas and will decide which will be up for a vote.

Adopt an ESA – Medway Valley Heritage Forest ESA

The City of London’s Adopt an ESA program is hosting an educational, ecological restoration workshop for Adopt an ESA volunteers.

If you wish to attend please RSVP via email at

Please also cc Sandy Levin so that he can put you down as interested in volunteering. In the spring, we will set out to pull garlic mustard, an invasive non-native species in our part of the Medway.

Ruth Walton and Patti Prieur did a great job initiating adoption of our part of the ESA. It is now time for others to step forward and take the torch from them. We need people to do two events in 2017 such as pulling garlic mustard. If you are interested, and can’t make the upcoming event, let Sand know.

Adopt an ESA – 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Event
Native Seed and Ecological Restoration Workshop

· When: Sunday November 6, 2016 from 9:00 am-3:30 pm
· Where: Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive
· Who: Led by Mary Gartshore and open to all Adopt an ESA members
· Register: By email with Linda McDougall
· Free volunteer appreciation event open to Adopt an ESA members
· Door prizes


9:00 – Meet and greet and displays
9:30 – 10:00 – Ecological Restoration presentation
10:00 – 10:30 – Wild Native Seed presentation Part 1 and demonstration
10:30 – 10:45 – Bio-break and displays
10:45 – 12:00 – Wild Native Seed presentation Part 2 and demonstration
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch provided
12:30 – 1:30 Hands on wild native seed preparation demonstration
1:30 – 3:30 Hands on, outdoor, sustainable native seed collection

Dress for weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots for outdoor portion, and please bring a reusable water bottle.

Secondary Dwelling Units

This week, the Planning and Environment Committee of City Council voted 4-1 to allow one bedroom Secondary Dwelling Units (SDUs) in all parts of the City including the neighbourhoods near campus. Council Squire moved a motion to exclude the Near Campus Neighbourhoods, but his motion was defeated. Secondary Dwelling Units will be allowed in owner occupied houses and street townhouses. The maximum number of bedrooms remains at 5 and 3 respectively. If rented, SDUs will be required to get a license under the rental licensing by law. Units that were constructed previously without permission still need to get licensed. The Committee will get a report back in a year as to the implementation of this change. The final decision is made at Council on August 30th.

Neighbourhood News for early August

Lots of items ….

Western’s Renaturalization Project

Western has been working on a naturalization project on the grounds of the University – mostly on the west side of the campus.

The naturalization project continues across campus, clearing invasive species and trees in decline. The crew has returned to a select area within the “Fram Lands” next to Brescia to complete the naturalization efforts.
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Sarnia and Wonderland work, new trees and a fall event‏

Sarnia and Wonderland Closed Overnight June 26 – July 1

In case you haven’t seen the signs further north and south, the intersection of Sarnia and Wonderland will be closed from roughly 8 pm to 6 am from June 26 to July 1.

New Trees

You may have seen that the city has planted some new street trees in the neighbourhood. With dry weather, they may not get all the water they need to get established. When you are out watering, save a bucket or two for the trees (both new and established).
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Western’s Renaturalization Project

Western is conducting a naturalization project on the Precious Blood Meadow and the lands bordering Springett Lot. They are targeting buckthorn (an invasive, non-native tree) which spreads aggressively, and other woody invasive plants, cutting and removing dead trees including the trees on the line between Brescia and the back of Huron, then doing restoration with native plants. They intend to maintain the new meadow so that the buckthorn doesn’t return.

Apparently, there was a delay in getting the notification pamphlets out to nearby homes. Western staff apologized for the late news. The herbicide being used is called Garlon and it is dabbed on the trunks of buckthorn.