Havenwood Park March 23, 2019

The Greater Victoria Green Team and Friends of Havenwood Park removed about 8 cubic metres of invasive blackberry from the beautiful forest habitat!

Thank-you to everyone who participated: Aasmita, Barbara, Carol Siobhan, Andre, Clark, David, Josephine, Yvonne, Alfred, Sam, Anna, Henry, Robbie, Tom, Stephen, Kelvin, Jason, Satoe, Chad, Phaedra, Riley and Ruby!

Thank you very much to the City of Colwood for helping to fund our Green Team activities this year in your municipality! Your support makes it possible to engage community and restore habitat! Thank you!!

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank you gifts to our volunteers:West Coast Seeds for providing veggie and flower seeds, Camino Chocolate for providing chocolate, and EarthRated for providing dog poop bags. Plus our granola bars were donated by the awesome Nature’s Path



  • 21 GVGT volunteers participated (25 people in total) and contributed 70 volunteer hours
  • 15 GVGT volunteers had never been to Havenwood Park before!
  • 11 of the volunteers were introduced to removing Himalayan Blackberry!
  • We removed 8 cubic metres of invasive plants from approximately 250 square metres.
  • The forest habitat was quite diverse – we were excited to see lots of native plants including a Red-Flowering Currant!

What participants said about their experience

I enjoyed meeting and working with new/energetic/experienced people. Thank you.

On the way home, I found many places were filled with invasive blackberry.
It’s funny that I noticed myself instantly thinking the process how those invasive plants should be removed. (Cut them short and grub up the roots by a shovel etc.)

Before and After photos





Volunteers in Action

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