Events & Updates

You're invited to a MILESTONE CELEBRATION! - Thursday June 25 1-3 pm
We are celebrating
    • our generous benefactors, volunteers & partners
    • the conservation easement
    • the official opening & naming of trials
     Meet us at the Cross Creek Blvd. entrance of the Old-Growth Forest lands - off of Hwy. 6 N (north of Woodlawn Rd., Guelph), east on Cross Creek Blvd., and follow road to community mailboxes (signs will be posted).  Ceremony begins at 1pm.  Light refreshments, walk the trails.
     We hope to see you there!  To ensure sufficient refreshments we ask you to RSVP:  519 824 1250 ext 224 or by .  To see our poster invite, click here.

Join us for the morning and help us restore the bio-diversity of the Old-Growth Forest project lands.  With pruners, loppers and saws (provided), we will be removing the invasive European Buckthorn.  An expert will be on hand to share knowledge on environmentally friendly ways to combat the spread of other exotic invasive plants species in Ontario.
     For information or to sign up, contact 519 824 1250 ext 224 or by .  To more information, click here to see the poster.

Dec. 8, 2014 - Please note that surveying is being completed on the project site in order to re-establish the property boundaries.  This is for the purpose of attaching an up-to-date survey plan to the conservation easement that will protect the Old-Growth Forest lands in perpetuity.
     Neighbours, please do not be alarmed, there are no plans for development.  Please check back with the website to stay current on the progress of the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest, the 500-year project.

The Plant an Old-Growth Forest Project has a slightly amended name and will now be called the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest.  This ecological restoration and conservation project on 40 hectares began in 2006 and is integral to the work and mission of Ignatius Jesuit Centre (IJC) in sharing the sacredness of Creation through spiritual development and the caring for the land.
     The Plant an Old-Growth Forest name created some confusion as to the definition of old-growth forest and how IJC is establishing one.  A mature and diverse forest with trees of various sizes and in various life stages, and supporting great abundance of plant, animal, and microbial life requires a long time to develop - it's the 500-year project. The tree planting efforts in the last few years are only one element of promoting the conditions under which this forest development can occur.
     Both financial support and community involvement continue to remain vital to the success of the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest in promoting the conditions for an old-growth forest ecosystem to develop and provide a place of spiritual sanctuary.
     The Ignatius Old-Growth Forest continues to foster a complex ecological habitat and natural corridor just north of the city of Guelph.  We truly are planting the seeds of something big and appreciate your ongoing support!

The tree plantings for 2014 are now completed.  Thank you to all of the school groups who took part in this year's tree plantings.  Thank you to our tree suppliers, the Grand River Conservation Authority and the County of Wellington's Green Legacy Program.  Since planting began in 2011, there have been over 2000 new trees planted.