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In 1991 a group of enlightened citizens, led by Charles Sauriol and Dave Money, formed a committee to help manage and restore the natural area at Todmorden Mills. The Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Committee (TMWPC) is a charitable organization, run by a volunteer board, with about 50 members. The mission of the TMWPC is to bring the degraded natural area at Todmorden Mills back to health. Native plants are being used to restore the vegetation communities back to pre-settlement conditions.

How we started

TMWP Founders, Dave Money (L), and Charles Sauriol.
In 1990 the late Charles Sauriol, a well known conservationist, initiated talks with Dave Money, past-president of the Ontario Horticultural Association. The two were interested in bringing native wildflowers such as White Trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit and Bloodroot back to Todmorden Mills.

Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve was established in 1991, and the group was registered as a charitable organization.

The Board

  • Paula Davies, Chair
  • Heather Matthews, Vice-chair
  • Pauline Sackin, Treasurer
  • Paul Beveridge, Director
  • Glenn Gillespie, Director
  • Bogna Jaworski, Director
  • Janice Palmer, Director
  • Miriam Webster, Director
TMWP Board
TMWP Board. Back row (from left): Bogna Jaworksi, Heather Matthews, Glenn Gillespie. Front row (from left): Paula Davies, Pauline Sackin, Janice Palmer. Absent: Paul Beveridge and Miriam Webster.

Become a Member

Membership in TMWPC is free. Simply contact us with your name and contact information. Members receive a newsletter two or three times a year, and invites to all our events.

How to Make a Donation

Your donation can help the restoration work in the Preserve. Because we are a charitable organization, donations to the TMWPC are tax-deductible. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque or money order to the Treasurer. A tax receipt will be issued for donations over $10.

How to Get Involved

We have a wide variety of activities and projects for you to become involved in.

Each spring, TMWPC members with the help of community volunteers and partners, plant trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns in the Preserve. More...
Invasive Plant Control.
Join our "weed team" and help us protect trilliums and other wildflowers, by controlling invasive plants such as Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard. More...
Garbage Clean-Ups.
Our annual spring clean-up at Todmorden, with Friends of the Don East and the Todmorden Mills Museum, has proved popular and has resulted in tonnes of garbage being removed. More...
Guided Nature Walks.
Join us on one of our free guided walks in spring and fall, led by local naturalists and run in conjunction with the Todmorden Museum. More...
Outreach and Education.
We publish a newsletter for members regularly and keep them informed of events. We have created a trail guide, and checklists of birds and wildlfowers in the Preserve. More...
Wildlife Monitoring.
Members can contribute their observations of plants and wildlife to our monitoring scheme. More...

Partners and Sponsors of the Wildflower Preserve

Our work at the Preserve has been generously supported by many partners and sponsors. Here is the current list:

  • The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation

  • City of Toronto, Culture Division

  • City of Toronto, Forestry

  • City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation

  • Friends of the Don East

  • Toronto East Rotary Club

  • Urban Forest Associates Inc.

A complete list of groups, partners and funders who have worked with us over the last ten years is available here.