The Million Tree Challenge is an initiative headed by Reforest London that encourages Londoners to plant one million trees to enhance environmental and human health in the city.
ReForest London is a non-profit organization that strives to empower community groups, businesses, and individuals to plant trees while improving London’s environmental health by naturalizing areas of the city. ReForest London aspires to leave a legacy of trees, an appreciation of the value of nature, and build strong community partnerships for future generations.
The challenge allows for organizations as well as individuals to plant trees and register them to count towards the challenge. To date, over 129,000 trees have been planted in London helping to improve air quality and provide greener recreation areas. Londoners are encouraged to register trees they have planted since January 2011 to contribute to the count to a million, ‘any tree, planted anywhere, by anyone counts’.
Western University has pledged to plant 75 trees every year to meet a total pledge of 500 trees toward the challenge. Western has already logged 194 trees in the count to a million since 2011. A wide variety of different species have been planted on campus, such as the Blue Ash, Red Maple, White Pine, Blue Beech, and Red Oak.
If you are interested in contributing to The Million Tree Challenge, Western will be selling indigenous trees and shrubs in memory of the late Jane Bowles. You can pick up your native tree on September 24 from 10 a.m-4 p.m in the courtyard across from Social Science. You can also pre-order your tree online. Once you have purchased your tree, you can register it as your individual contribution to the challenge here and be in the count toward a million!