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

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

Aaron, Bryan, Carol, Carter, Chloe, Dallin, David, Don, Eric, Gordon, Gurman, Hanah, Josh, Judy, Karen, Kate, Kerry, Kimberleigh, Mary, Mason, Meaghan, Michael, Stephan, and Yussuf!

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…


  • 26 community members engaged
  • 80 hours contributed to habitat restoration
  • 5 people removed invasive plants for the first time
  • 10 people visited this park for the first time
  • 11.5 cubic metres of invasive plants removed (about 72 bathtubs full!)
  • 280 square metres of habitat revitalized


  • This activity was a great way for community members to engage in a habitat restoration activity and kick off Earth Week in a hands-on, meaningful way!
  • We were at this site just last week with students from Royal Bay Secondary School, so it was great to introduce the broader Greater Victoria community here too!
  • We had such a great turnout to this activity: thank you so much Colwood Councillor David Grove, members of the Citizen’s Environment Network in Colwood (CENiC) group, the Colwood Firefighters, and the Friends of Havenwood Park for joining us at the activity! Your support means so much to us!
  • Everyone thoroughly enjoyed a variety of refreshments, with fresh fruits and brownies consistently being a hit!
  • Community members Don and David helped us with takedown and packing up: thank you for your help!
  • Community members enjoyed the additional education provided by our new plant signs, learning about identification in a fun, creative way!
  • People joined this activity from all over, including people who live in the new development and others who travelled across the region to have fun connecting with each other. 
  • All ages, backgrounds, and experience levels were engaged including families, 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 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

Kaitlin (left), Severine (right)

 Greater Victoria Green Team Program Manager, Kaitlin Warren and Program Coordinator, Severine Tyszewicz, work 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 – they can do it all!

Severine was hired as part of Green Teams of Canada’s Youth Leadership Program, intended to empower the next generation of environmentally-focused community organizing.

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