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HMS Plumper Park, August 28 2021

Published on August 30, 2021 under GVGT in Action

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a community and environmental activity in HMS Plumper Park, North Saanich! This small but diverse forest is being slowly taken over by the invasive, English Ivy. But thankfully the hardworking Green Team community has been determined to reduce the spread of this persistent plant. This marked the 3rd session in the park, and already you can see the difference made!


Thank-you to everyone for participating: Chris, Dianne, Helena, Jasmine, Matthew, Richard, Suyoun (and your two children), Tristan M, and Tristan N.

Thank-you very much to District of North Saanich for partnering with us and contributing to our Green Team activities in your municipality and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological restoration!

Group Photo!



  • In total 11 volunteers participated and contributed 30 volunteer hours.
  • We had participants new to Victoria (welcome!), as well as two young children who were great at removing some of the longest stems of ivy!
  • The children (and some of us adults), took a break to skip rope using the long ivy pieces! That got our heart rate up plus it was a lot of fun!
  • We removed 5 cubic metres of invasive plants including English Ivy from an area measuring approximately 200 square metres!
  • Check out the other GVGT activities from HMS Plumper Park

Before and After

Participants Experiences

“This program helps people connect to their local environment and community, raise awareness of conservation issues by taking action. Now we’re in the aftermath of the pandemic, events such as these are so important for people’s mental wellbeing, to socialize and contribute to the protection and regeneration of ecosystems. This was my first time volunteering for the Greater Victoria Green Team having recently moved from the mainland – it has been difficult meeting new people and this program has already helped with that!”

“This program’s goal is to connect people with nature. Many people with technology and increasing urbanization are becoming more disconnected with nature. I feel that the more we appreciate these areas, the more likely we will become advocates for them.”

Volunteers in Action