New Life at WPC

Summer is almost here, and the Westminster Ponds Centre (WPC) has been anything but quiet this spring. WPC has some green new residents: London locals Urban Roots London – and their veggie seedlings! The basement of the Bruce Pavilion at the Westminster Ponds Centre was established as a growing base for Urban Roots’ veggies, and started throughout the winter and spring of 2021. These little newbies are strong and ready to be bought. Purchase can be made on the Urban Roots London website. 

Photos from: Urban Roots

Western University & Fanshawe College Collaborations

Last month, ReForest London was honoured to be a ‘client’ adjudicator for two post-secondary student projects of Western University’s Masters of Environment and Sustainability program, and the Fanshawe College Bachelor of Interior Design- Sustainable Design program. The Master’s students prepared a strong final product on impact reporting, program development for the WPC and a scan of environmental centers in Ontario, as well as other locations. The Bachelors’s students produced innovative design concepts and visualizations for the Bruce, Perth and Wellington pavilions here at the WPC. We thoroughly enjoyed working with these bright and creative students and wish them all the best in their future!

Native Plant Sale Fundraiser

Westminster Ponds Centre’s collaborative spring fundraiser has exceeded our expectations. The Native Plant sale, which took place on May 29th, has been tremendously successful, with well over 2800 plants sold online and over $12,000 in sales. The profits are to be divided amongst five charities including Nature London, Climate Action London, Thames Talbot Land Trust, Pollinator Pathways, and ReForest London. The funding for this springtime fundraiser was thanks to the United Church of Canada. We thank everyone who supported the initiative by purchasing a plant and sharing the event online or through word of mouth. We couldn’t have done this without you! Properties all over London and the surrounding region will soon be brimming with new native plants, which will support habitat for pollinators, birds and wildlife, and increase local biodiversity. 

Photos from: Westminster Ponds Centre

Bees, Bees and More Bees!

We’ve been buzzing to share our new partnerships with LOLA Bees and Ontario Bee Rescue to establish beehives at the WPC. Both organizations will be delivering educational programming to the public, including some workshops to learn about beekeeping. Keep your eyes peeled for news on ways to join us, a safe distance from the bees of course, to learn more about the maintenance of our local honey producers.

Photos from: Lola Bees

Thames Valley District School Board

The teachers and students were back at the WPC earlier this year prior to the spring lockdown. The Grade 10 H-ELP (Environmental Leadership program) started on February 4th, 2021, and students and staff had a chance to get onsite and settle. The Grade 10 class is planning a composter and garden project to commence at the WPC in the spring. Follow along with their adventures on Twitter. 

Climate Action London Pollinator Gardens

Climate Action London installed two eye-catching pollinator gardens at the WPC in summer 2020. Through funding and support from Nature London and the London Environmental Network, the group set up garden plots, purchased soil and plants, plant signs and a large educational sign promoting native plant gardening. These gardens have started to bloom and we are excited for you all to see them in action. 

Photos from: Westminster Ponds Centre

We will be posting a blog every month this summer, so stay tuned for more news about the Westminster Ponds Centre and our partners. Check out our socials for weekly information! Links are on the Instagram and Facebook logos below.