Invasive Himalayan Blackberry Removal – Murray’s Pond Park, Colwood

Thank you so much Greater Victoria Green Team participants for your hard work and enthusiasm:

Allison, Alex, Joseph, Mark, Megan, Sam, and Peter!

What a fun day we had connecting people to one another and nature, all while restoring habitat! Keep on reading to find impacts, highlights and more from the day…


  • 7 community members engaged
  • 23 hours contributed to habitat restoration
  • 2 people removed invasive plants for the first time
  • 2 people visited this park for the first time
  •  6 bathtubs worth of invasive plants were removed (about 1 cubic metre) 
  • 35 square metres of habitat revitalized


  • We were at this site this spring with students from Royal Bay Secondary School, and with community members on Earth Day weekend, and on BC Trails Day. It was great to be able to return to this site and continue the restoration of this important habitat. 
  • We are seeing native plants come back into this hillside as we have been working on it for many months. It is so rewarding to see native species reclaiming the space!
  • The sunny summer weather kept us quite warm but we were able to cool off with water misters and cold drinks & refreshments. It was a great day to enjoy time in nature. 
  • Everyone enjoyed a variety of refreshments, with fresh watermelon, cold juice & iced tea, and the homemade brownies were a hit!
  • Community members Alex, Sam, Mark, Megan, and Allison all helped with packing up: thank you for your help!
  • Community members and passersby enjoyed the additional education provided by our educational plant signs, learning about identification in a fun, creative way!
  • People joined this activity from all over, including people who live in Royal Bay and others who travelled across the region to have fun connecting with each other. 
  • All ages, backgrounds, and experience levels were engaged including returning Green Team members, and first-timers.

Community Investment Partners and Sponsors

A huge THANK YOU to GableCraft Homes for making this activity possible with their financial support!

THANK YOU to the City of Colwood for providing  direction and ecological expertise to guide this activity!

Together we are achieving our common goals and creating connected, healthy and resilient communities engaged in environmental stewardship.

In-Kind Support

Thank you to the fantastic local eco-friendly business Green Beaver, Ola Bamboo, and If You Care that donated In-kind products for our hard-working community members to take home!

Please contact Kaitlin Warren. if you are interested in providing in-kind.

Why We Do This Work

The Greater Victoria Green Team organizes hands-on educational activities that have a positive environmental impact to empower people. Through activities such as invasive plant removals, plantings, litter cleanups and more, we are fostering connections with others and nature so that health and well-being is prioritized, lifelong environmental stewardship is promoted, and community members are enabled to take care of themselves, each other and the places they live. We all have the power to make a difference!

We all experience mental and physical health benefits from spending time in nature, including reduced stress and anxiety, and improved mood, focus, memory and more. While doing so, we can also have a positive impact on the environment as demonstrated through this activity!

Staff Who Made This Activity Possible

 Greater Victoria Green Team Program Manager, Kaitlin Warren works hard behind the scenes to bring these high-quality activities to you.

Partnership building, outreach, social media, activity logistics, leading on-the-ground, reporting on impacts and more – we can do it all!


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