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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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.

Buckthorn Busting in the Medway

buckthorn mapJoin a group of neighborhood environmental stewards to help remove an invasive species from the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (ESA).

What: Medway Buckthorn Busting
When: Thursday June 25 6-8 pm

See the map for the location. Parking is available along Glenridge Cresc.

Families are welcome; people should wear suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor work (sandals or flip flops are probably not a good idea). Equipment will be supplied by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

Contacts for the Orchard Park / Sherwood Forest ESA Adoption group:
Patti Prieur
Ruth Walton

Neighborhood News – May 2014

Sherwood Forest School Site – Community Planning Meeting

Please be sure to come out to the second community planning exercise for the Sherwood Forest School site. The session will be held Wednesday, May 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Brescia University College, in the new Clare Hall, Mercato Room. If you can’t make the meeting, comments can be sent to the City of London attention Brian Turcotte at

Medway Valley ESA

Join us on our introductory walk-through of the Medway ESA {Environmentally Significant Area} that we have adopted!

A city of London Ecologist, Ms. Linda McDougall, will accompany us to point out areas of interest and answer your questions. We are planning a ‘Buckthorn Busting’ event for June too. Come along and learn how to be good stewards of our beautiful valley.

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