The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 14 community members in an area covered with large amounts of invasive species.
We primarily removed Himalayan Blackberry, along with Scotch Broom, English Ivy and Daphne. All of these invasive species were going together, taking over the wonderful natural biodiversity of this park. Having so many invasives growing together created a “multi-story” effect, where scotch broom and blackberry grow above and create a wall, and english ivy and daphne grow underneath to cover the soil. By cutting these species back, this created more sunlight and space for native species to grow back and encourage the native biodiversity. Some of the native species we saw in the area were Salmonberry, Osoberry, Pacific Crabapple and Nootka Rose!
Thank-you to everyone for participating: Richard, Lucia, Kris, Jason, Stephanie, Chenxi, Marianne, Derek, Chloe, Joe, Braedan, Mieka, Joy and Rosanna!
Thank-you very much to Esquimalt Parks and Recreation for contributing to our Green Team activities and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological restoration!