On October 20, 2002, the Meadowlily Nature Preserve became the first property dedicated to the Thames Talbot Land Trust.
Located within the City of London, on the south side of the Thames River between Highbury Avenue and Meadowlily Road, it was donated to TTLT by Carol and Rick Richardson, who wanted to ensure that their family's land would be protected from future development.
The 5.9-ha (14.5 acre) site is comprised of floodplain, open meadow and upland forest, and is an integral component of Meadowlily Woods, which is recognized as an Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) by the City of London.
The stewardship fund established by TTLT to provide for the ongoing management of the site has been supported through contributions from a variety of sources including the Richard and Beryl Ivey Fund (a fund within the London Community Foundation), the Middlesex Stewardship Committee, the McIlwraith Field Naturalists of London, and the Arcangelo Rea Family Foundation.
Several site improvements have been completed in accordance with the Meadowlily Management Plan:
• A comprehensive site clean-up and removal of garlic mustard
• Installation of signage recognizing the property donation and major contributors
• Native plant species were planted within the open field meadow areas of the property
• Installation of a cedar post fence and gateway entrance at Meadowlily Road
• Construction of a footbridge over a tributary stream that crosses the main trail.
Read "Butterflies at Meadowlily Nature Preserve" [PDF] to learn more.