Green Teams Canada logo of colourful tree and name of organization

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a community and environmental activity in Saxe Point, Esquimalt. We planted more than 350 Douglas-fir trees and removed invasive English Ivy. Without intervention, Douglas-fir trees are rarely reproducing successfully because of all of the invasive species cover on the forest floor. Thankfully, the GVGT community and years of Esquimalt Parks involvement prior to our GVGT activities, have been helping to save the native species! Thank you to the parks staff Noah, Otto and Stef who helped supervise the activity and brought us all of the trees! A very special thank you to Rick Daykin who is the Esquimalt Parks Manager.


Thank-you to everyone for participating: Stephanie, Rachel, Carmina, Patrick, Daniel, Megan, Chris, Alex, Genevieve, Kai, Dianne, Larry, Dana, Annika, Celeste, Sara, Teja, Charlotte, Alice, Deidre, Eden, Rosanna, Alyssa, Mieka, Connor, Shelley, Lewis, Michele, Marisa, Oliver, Alba, Elis, Gerald, Ella, Kris, Blake, Richard, Andrew, Larry, and David!

Thank-you very much to the Township of Esquimalt for partnering with us and contributing to our Green Team activities and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological restoration!

Group Photo!



  • In total 37 volunteers participated and contributed 103 volunteer hours.
  • 25 volunteers were introduced to Saxe Point, while 23 volunteers had never removed invasive plants before!
  • We removed 9 cubic metres of invasive plants!
  • Check out the other GVGT activities from Saxe Point:

Before and After

Participants Experiences

“It’s always nice to connect with nature and with others while making a difference in my community.” – Sara

“It’s a great way to participate in improving local spaces we use all the time.
It’s an opportunity to practice good citizenship.
It’s a way to feel a sense of ownership of public spaces in our community.” – Charlotte


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