Invasive Species Removal at UVic Queenswood Campus, September 25 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 31 community members at the UVic’s Queenswood Campus! This is the fifth time the Green Team has visited this location this year.

Returning to the same location multiple times is very important for ecological restoration. There is a very large area of forest at Queenswood—more than the Green Team can tackle in just one day. Also, by returning multiple times, we can remove invasive species that are starting to re-sprout in areas we already cleared, which helps ensure that our efforts are making a difference in the long term. During this activity, we primarily removed English Ivy, Daphne, and English Holly, as well as several other invasive plants. These invasive species have been crowding out the native plants in this forest, and harming the natural ecosystem in the process. Some of the native species we saw in the area were Trailing Blackberry, Oceanspray, Sword Fern, and Oregon Grape—these species will now have more space to grow and the forest will be in balance again!


Thank-you to everyone for participating: Sarah, Tyson, Ben, Charlotte, Elisa, Leah, Catharine, Zachary, Daphne, Sienna, Magali, Peter, Anykka, Sam, Kaelan, Sophia, Sydnie, Sasha, Arianna, Jason, Jennifer, Rhianedd, William, Maya, Julien, Grace, Daniel, Alex, Irwin, Denise, and Kevin!

Thank-you very much to UVic Campus Planning & Sustainability for partnering with us and contributing to our Green Team activities, and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological restoration!

Group Photo!


  • In total 31 community members participated and contributed to 97 volunteer hours!
  • 25 volunteers were introduced to Queenswood Campus, while 14 volunteers had never removed invasive species before!
  • We removed 16.5 cubic metres of invasive plants and saved about 20 trees from being strangled by ivy!
  • 16 of our volunteers today were UVic students!
  • We noticed area that we previously cleared of invasive species have grown in with our native Trailing Blackberry!

Before and After Photos

This activity not only benefitted the environment, but also the participants themselves. By being out in nature doing something positive as a team, our community members:

  • Develop a sense of belonging to community and place
  • Have improved mental and physical health
  • Connect to nature, which leads to environmentally responsible behaviour
  • Learn about local environmental issues and actions they can take
  • Learn the value of bringing together people to work towards a common goal
  • Become leaders in their communities
  • Increase confidence, resilience and perseverance
Removing ivy takes a team!!

Action Shots

Thank you to Lush, TruEarth, Green Beaver, & Earth Rated for donating in-kind gifts for our hard-working volunteers to take home!

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