Reg Franklin Park March 5, 2021

On Friday March 5th the Lower Mainland Green Team teamed up with the Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) to remove invasive Himalayan Blackberry from Reg Franklin Park in Maple Ridge! The volunteers demonstrated an incredible amount of teamwork and enthusiasm to restore this local park, and thankfully the weather held out asides from some wind! Following the current COVID-19 restrictions, this activity was for youth only and engaged students from the Environmental School.


Thank you to Chris Moerman’s Grade 3/4/5 class and Sarah Macdonald’s Grade 6/7/8/9 class from the Environmental School for participating! The energy of everyone at this activity was inspiring and we look forward to engaging your classes again.

A big thank you to Greta Borick-Cunningham and Sophie Sparrow from ARMS and their Maple Ridge Adopt-a-Block Program and the Stewart Family Foundation for the funding to make this activity possible! We deeply value our partnership with this local organization, and together are a force to be reckoned with! It was an absolute pleasure running this activity with you and we look forward to the next!

Photos from the Day HERE!

Group Photo


  • In total 35 LMGT volunteers from grades 3-9 walked from their school to participate in this activity and contributed 105 hours total
  • 6 cubic metres of Himalayan Blackberry was removed
  • 2 students visited Reg Franklin Park for the first time
  • 10 students removed invasive Himalayan Blackberry for the first time
  • The site was prepared for a native species planting activity that will be run by ARMS on Friday, March 12th!
  • Volunteers shared and built on their existing knowledge about the impacts of invasive species and climate change on a local scale
  • The Maple Ridge News came out to highlight the efforts of our volunteers, check out the article and video HERE!
  • Volunteers took home a gift from one of our in-kind sponsors who donated their products to our community: EarthRated dog poop bags, lip chap from Green Beaver, soap from Eartheasy, and West Coast Seeds

Before and After

Action Shots

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