Our second Depave Paradise event in London is part of the Jeanne Sauvé French Immersion Public School playground. This project is focused on removing unnecessary pavement from the school yard and replacing it with large gardens full of native plants to boost biodiversity and give the community an example of naturalization in the area. This school is the heart of a rich community and as part of a full school yard construction project, Depave Paradise is the first step towards a greener playground for current and future students to benefit from.
With support from volunteers, we plan to remove over 100 square metres of under-utilized pavement and replaced it with gardens full of native plant varieties with an emphasis on pollinator-friendly species.
The site will feature armourstone seating facing the school, as well as a sign to educate the public on a number of local pollinator species they may be able to spot in the new gardens. The educational component is key when working with young students and a groundbreaking project such as this, and through permanent signage and event days, we hope to be successful at encouraging others to follow along.
TVDSB staff and students will be volunteering to complete the majority of this work, with depaving taking place on Friday, June 10 and planting taking place on Thursday, June 16. Unfortunately this event is not open for community volunteers to get involved, but we highly encourage everyone to visit afterwards to enjoy the completed project.
Thank you to our fantastic local project partners who are offering their time, services, and products to make this Depave Paradise another successful event:
Green Communities Canada, Thames Valley District School Board, City of London, TRY Recycling, Heeman's, MTE Consultants, McCabe Promotional Advertising Inc., Stone Paradise, and the AGAPE Foundation of London.
We love working with local organizations for our community programs, and we are looking forward to our next events!