Atkins Restoration Area December 2, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day working with The Land Conservancy of BC and CRD Parks to continue efforts restoring a section of habitat called, Atkins Restoration area, along the Galloping Goose Trail in Langford. Together 19 staff and volunteers moved 20 cubic metres of mulch and large pieces of cardboard to smother the highly invasive St. John’s Wort.  

Thank-you to everyone who participated: Alisa, Andre, Barbara, Casey, Doreen, Linh, Lori, Margaret, Miaoju, Miles, Nancy, Peter, Rheona, Simon, Tegan and Terra. 

Thank you to Torrey and Karen from The Land Conservancy of BC for their wonderful and ongoing partnership! Thank you to Liz of CRD Parks for your energy and enthusiasm in making the day so great!

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank you gifts to our volunteers: LUSH Cosmetics for providing great bath items, Camino Chocolate for providing chocolate. Plus our granola bars were donated by the awesome Nature’s Path





  • 16 volunteers participated (10 GVGT volunteers) and contributed 55 volunteer hours (35 GVGT hours)
  • 11 of the volunteers were introduced to removing St. Johns Wort! 
  • 10 volunteers had never been to Atkins Restoration Area before
  • We moved approximately 20 cubic metres of mulch and revitalized an area measuring 100 square metres


What volunteers said about their experience


“It was nice to get out and see a new place while hanging out with some good people and doing something to help restore an area”


“Wonderful in so many ways. Tackling invasive species is SO important to try and maintain the health of Canada’s native plants. It’s great for getting to meet lots of nice people working hard together. And, it gets people to see and appreciate natural areas they probably otherwise wouldn’t even realise existed. Which brings greater appreciation for the wonders and delights of Canada.”


“The overall camaraderie and sense of progress as we could see our work in concrete terms.”


Before and After photos

There doesn’t appear to be much difference but there is about 4-6″ of cardboard and mulch on these areas which will prevent St. John’s Wort from growing back up! 





Volunteers in Action


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