Matson Conservation Area November 18, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team, Habitat Acquisition Trust, Matson Mattock’s and TD Canada Trust employees planted about 500 native plants at the Matson Conservation Area in Esquimalt! In total over 40 volunteers participated on a sunny Sunday autumn day! 

Thank-you so much to everyone who participated: Alisa, Andre, Andrew, Barbara, Carmen, Chloe, Deb, Deepak, Dena, Emma, James, Jeremy, Jonah, Josee, Juan, Lauren, Line, Margaret, Melissa, Miaoju, Rheona, Roger, Sarah, Simon, Stephanie, Veronica and others (names to be updated soon!)

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank you gifts to our volunteers: LUSH Cosmetics for providing great bath items, Camino Chocolate for providing chocolate. Plus our granola bars were donated by the awesome Nature’s Path


Our awesome group of volunteers!





  • 41 volunteers participated (including 20 GVGT volunteers), and contributed 168 volunteer hours (85 GVGT volunteer hours) 
  • 11 of the volunteers were introduced to planting native vegetation!
  • 18 volunteers had never been to Matson Conservation Area before
  • We planted over 500 native vegetation including camas bulbs, Red-flowering current, Oregon grape and many other ones! 
  • We also removed invasive English Ivy and Daphne (about 3 cubic metres in total!)
  • 6 volunteers biked while about 10 volunteers walked/bussed or carpooled to the site!
  • 10 volunteers were there from the local TD Canada Trust since TD Friends of the Environment has been contributed funds to this project for 5 years! 
  • The Matson Mattock’s are the regular volunteers stewards of this site and have been working hard at restoring this area for several years now! Thank you for your ongoing efforts! 
  • This site is managed under a covenant by the Habitat Acquisition Trust who raises funds to restore this amazing habitat!


What some had to say about their experience


Getting people from different backgrounds together and getting involved. Bravo! (Great food too!)

Super important for the environment and preserving native species. It’s always great to volunteer with the GVGT! and HAT too!


I loved learning about the native species to the area. Seeing what they look like as a bulb or small grass. Also loved discovering a new area I hadn’t paid much attention to in the past. 


Volunteers in Action 



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