Invasive Species Removal in Lund Road Protected Area, View Royal- October 1st, 2023
*link new Flickr album above
Highlights From The Day
- 23 amazing members of the community joined us and contributed about 68 hours!
- Thank you to everyone for participating: Ayla, Adam, Annie, Praise, Harris, Don, Anabella, Shyanna, Rebekka, Chloe, Edmond, Evelyn, Mauricio, Audrey, Cindy, Theo, Rosanna, Mieka, Emiko, Giovanni, Rhys, Elle, and Devin!
- Together our team:
- Removed a volume of 10 cubic metres (approximately 61 bathtubs full) of invasive plant material!
- Revitalized about 400 square metres of the park!
- Scroll down to see before and after photos, as well as some in-action shots!
- All ages, backgrounds, and experience levels were engaged including families, returning Green Team volunteers, and first-timers!
- 17 people visited Lund Rd. Protected Area for the first time
- 5 people removed invasive plants for the first time
- Our Community Investment Partner, the Town of View Royal, provided direction and funding to make this activity possible!
Before & After Photos
Why Do 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!
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
Partner For This Activity
Thank you for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological restoration! Together we are restoring habitat and creating connected, healthy and resilient communities engaged in environmental stewardship!
Community In Action!
The biggest Himalayan blackberry root of the day was dug out by Rebekka and Bella!
The longest Himalayan blackberry root was dug out by Ayla!
The “wackiest” Himalayan blackberry root was dug by Evelyn!
What Participants Are Saying…
“I think it’s a really good team effort and getting to know new people… and to get to know the different species around this area”Rebekka
“We are working in nature and I think we have this opportunity to meet new people….we are talking in English and improving a lot of areas!”Bella
“It’a great to see so many people not only from Town of View Royal but some other neighbouring municipalities in here! This is my first experience but I’ll definitely come back again! Its good exercise, good fresh air, and it’s serving a really good purpose so when you go by the area you can say ‘Well you know I helped clean this area up’ and it’s a great community effort! “Don Brown, View Royal Councillor
Thank you to the fantastic local eco-friendly business LUSH that donated In-kind products for our hard-working community members to take home!
Our community members took home a thank you gift from one of our in-kind supporters! If you have any suggestions for sustainable/eco-friendly rewards, know of or own a business who would like to provide in-kind to our Green Team, please contact Kaitlin at email@example.com
This activity was run by our Program Manager, Kaitlin Warren (far left) and our Program Coordinator, Severine Tyszewicz (far right).
Severine was hired as part of the Youth Leadership Program, intended to empower the next generation of environmentally-focused community organizing!