The City plans to open the Sherwood Forest Park sometime in August. They still need to do various inspections of the work and they want the turf grass to get established, hopefully with some rainy weather. New trees will be planted in the fall.
If the timeline slips, we will let you know.
Gypsy Moth Caterpillars
This seems to be a banner year for Gypsy Moths.
A mature Gypsy Moth caterpillar is approximately 6 cm long, and can be identified by the pairs of dots along its back – five pairs of blue dots, followed by six pairs of red dots. The caterpillars feed mainly on deciduous trees and shrubs. Their favourite foods include oak, maple, birch and serviceberry. The young caterpillars will hang from trees on silk threads and be blown long distances by the wind.
Young caterpillars feed throughout the day, but as they mature they come down from the crown of the tree during the heat of the day to seek shade. At this stage, homeowners can trap the caterpillars on the tree trunk. To make a trap, wrap a strip of burlap, approximately 45 cm (17″) wide, around the tree trunk at chest height. Tie a string around the centre of the burlap and fold the upper portion down to form a skirt, with the string acting as a belt. The caterpillars will crawl under the burlap to escape the sun and become trapped. Later in the day, lift the burlap, pick off the caterpillars, and dispose of them.
For more information about them and what you might do, check out:
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Update from the OPSFR Executive
We have postponed the BBQ and Annual General Meeting for the Orchard Park Sherwood Forest Ratepayers until further notice. Hopefully we can arrange something in the fall. We will also delay the collection of dues.
Please note that the Next Door mailing you may have received is not something that the Ratepayers have initiated.
Update on Sherwood Forest Park and Road Work on Runnymede and Abbey Rise
We are waiting to hear from City staff whether or not the park development is one of the projects the city will be delaying because of its financial crunch due to COVID-19. One project that is currently still on the books for this year is the road work on Runnymede. However, we have been advised at this point, work on Abbey Rise is delayed a year.
Reminder: Volunteers in the Neighbourhood
As a reminder, there are volunteers in the neighbourhood willing to help out. Please don’t hesitate to contact Sandy if you would like someone to pick up groceries or other items you need.
A coyote was sighted chasing a deer through Rollingwood Park this week. It did not catch the deer. The coyote then passed between houses at 90 and 94 Rollingwood onto the street and went on its way. You should be cautious about having family pets outdoors unsupervised or unleashed. Although coyotes are usually about at dawn and dusk, they are also about at other times.
Here is a resource on Coyotes in the City of London. http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-Environments/Pages/coyotes.aspx