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Garden Club of London EcoTrail
A Natural Oasis along Busy Wonderland Road
Visitors can enjoy and learn about the many native species found throughout this urban oasis in the heart of London. It’s an opportunity to discover over 250 native trees, shrubs, grasses and plants - each tagged with its common and scientific name. Meandering woodchip pathways offer the chance to get close to each specimen, while numerous benches provide places for contemplation and rest.
A Meadow Transformed to Showcase Carolinian Forest
Bringing back the glory of a Carolinian Forest to an old Springbank Park meadow doesn’t happen on its own. Since 1992, the Garden Club of London, with the City’s help, have been planting trees, removing invasive species and introducing wildflowers. This unique site is now important for teaching future generations about responsible stewardship, conservation and the creation of natural urban habitats. Student groups have been involved in spring clean-up and planting so that they can, in turn, carry on our legacy as caretakers of urban forests.
More about the site:
Location: The woodland is located in Springbank Park along the Maurice Chapman Walkway across from Wonderland Gardens (205 Wonderland Rd., S.)
Accessibility: wide wood chip paths, benches, seasonal washrooms
Special Features: naturalized forest garden; pollinator plants, school group opportunities, volunteer training program, plant labels, self-guided tour, adopt-a-plot program
EcoTrail Partner: The Garden Club of London’s motto is “Fun with Flowers” with a focus on education in the areas of design, horticulture and conservation. The woodland restoration area is dedicated to London’s former director of Parks and Recreation, Maurice Chapman.
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"Our hope is to enable as many people to learn as well as to fully experience the joy of simply being in nature"
If you are member of Garden Club of London or a visitor to the trail, this is an opportunity for you to share your experiences and photos. Stories, quotes or photos can help others see the world with new eyes. They offer a stepping stone to learn more about local nature.
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Cardinal Flower (cr. B. Buck)
Gems of the Thames
The Woodland Restoration Project EcoTrail is adjacent to the Thames River. This prominent water body is a Canadian Heritage River and the defining feature of the Thames River Conservation Action Plan area. In addition to the Carolinian forest and meadow plants along the trail, this area is home to some rare species, such as the Spiny Softshell Turtle and Black Redhorse. These species are highly dependent the health of the waters, woodlands and wetlands associated with the Thames.
How to Help? Start with Native Plants
Simple actions, such as planting with native plants or creating a buffer between a path and a stream can make a big difference for Carolinian wildlife. You don’t have to be an expert! Our woodland habitat action menu and aquatic action menu offer some inspiration to begin: