London Ontario – the Forest City – True or False ?

In a tree census in London Ontario carried out over the last 2 years it was found that there were 4.2 million trees, approximately 12 trees for each member of the population.

This sounds extremely healthy, however the problem seems to be that these trees are not in areas that are truly regarded as woodland.

London has 27.4% leaf cover which is considerably higher than other major cities including Toronto which is only 19.9%.

The  UFORE report estimates the value of London’s trees at approximately $1.5 billion.

Programs like Scout Trees have a considerable impact on these numbers as in London they plant approximately 5,000 new trees each year, these come from public donations, and make the scouts the single biggest charitable contributor to new trees in London every year.