Neighborhood Update – March 2013

On Thursday, March 7 at Orchard Park Public School at 7 pm, the city and its consultant will be presenting its work to date on the city’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Medway Creek. This review includes the entire portion of the Medway that is in the City of London.

This year, the City is conducting an update to the Conservation Master Plan for the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area from south of Fanshawe to where it meets the Thames River. This will include a review of trails in the Valley. The proposed timeline is as follows.

A summary of the project and its objectives which was provided by the City is available here. This project will involve all communities that border the Medway, not just ours. Dates and locations of meetings will be on the city’s web site and the community web site and on Facebook. More information will be provided when available.

  • Project start – March 2013
  • Site Inventories – end March to end September 2013
  • Preliminary draft report – late October 2013
  • Public Information Meeting – one at the start of the process (March-April 2013) and one to present results of the study (November 2013)
  • Finalize Phase I report – December 1 2013

City Council retained money in the budget to replace trees cut due to the Emerald Ash Borer. The replanting of trees cut down this past fall should take place this year.

In addition to the replanting, anyone may request the City to have a tree planted on the City owned portion of your front lawn. The City will assess the site and if appropriate, will add you to their ongoing planting plan (even if you didn’t lose a tree to the ash borer). To make a request:

– visit
– click on “I Want A Tree” and then click on “Suggest Locations for New Trees”
– Complete the tree request form. Click to submit and then you are done.

You can also call the city at 519-661-5783

The Ratepayers are members of The Urban League of London, an umbrella group for neighbourhood organizations in the city. One of its roles is public education. On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, you are invited to:

An Evening with Greg Levine, an Integrity Commissioner
London Public Library
Central Branch- Stevenson & Hunt Room
251 Dundas Street

Please go to for more information and to reserve a spot.


Ash Tree Removal

The city will begin removing the ash trees on city property in our neighbourhood later this month. Below are links to maps of the area showing which trees are to be removed and which have been treated with the insecticide TreeAzin:

Ash Removal – map 1
Ash Removal – map 2
Ash Removal – map 3
Ash Removal – map 4

The map keys are at the bottom of each page. Fortunately for the streetscape of Orchard Park and Sherwood Forest, there are few ash trees in our neighbourhood on public property.

The work plan calls for trees to be removed, stump removal to come shortly after and replanting to take place in the spring of 2013. The city will replant with Carolinian species such as Hackberry and Tulip Trees except under power lines where ornamental trees like Bradford Pear will be planted. Property owners will be notified when crews will be in the area. Unfortunately, requests for specific trees will not be accepted.

If you have an ash tree on your private property, you may wish to have a certified arborist look at it and advise if treatment with TreeAzin would be effective. It is a treatment that is done over a 10 year period, every two years.

There is some additional information at the city’s web site

City to remove ash trees from city property

This fall, the City of London’s Forestry Operations will be removing ash trees from the neighborhood on city property. Typically these are trees located between the sidewalk and street. Tree removals are scheduled to begin in early September. They plan to replant with different species as close as possible to the location where ash trees are currently located.

For more information click here

Two information sessions are scheduled:

Date: Wed, August 22, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Canada Games Aquatic Centre – main floor meeting room

Date: Tues, Sept 11, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Canada Games Aquatic Centre – mail floor meeting room

The city will not be removing any trees on private property – this is the responsibility of the property owner.