Ruth Johnson Park March 3, 2021

On Wednesday March 3rd the Lower Mainland Green Team joined forces with the City of White Rock and the White Rock and South Surrey Naturalists to remove invasive English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry from Ruth Johnson Park and the Eva Bene Butterfly Garden! It was a beautiful day and the volunteers were visited by a pileated woodpecker, a hummingbird and found some worms while digging in the Butterfly Garden! This was the first activity that our new Program Manager, Ashton, has run since stepping in this role. Following the current COVID-19 restrictions, this activity was for youth only and engaged students from Semiahmoo Secondary School.


Thank you to Susan Hunter’s two Grade 8 classes from Semiahmoo Secondary for participating in this activity!

A big thank you to the City of White Rock’s Manager of Engineering, Rosaline Choy, for making this activity possible! We deeply value our partnership with the City of White Rock and look forward to our next activity. Thank you as well to Kason for setting up barricades and pylons around the site to ensure the safety of our volunteers, we really appreciate it!

Photos from the first session can be found HERE and the second session HERE!

First Session Group Photo

Second Session Group Photo


  • In total 47 LMGT volunteers contributed 80 hours and removed almost 10 cubic metres of invasive species
  • 34 volunteers visited Ruth Johnson Park for the first time
  • 45 of these volunteers removed invasive species for the first time
  • The White Rock and Surrey Naturalists engaged 12 of these volunteers in the Eva Bene Butterfly Garden
  • Volunteers learned about the impacts of invasive species and climate change on a local scale
  • For most of the volunteers, this was their first time being to Ruth Johnson Park and first time removing invasive species
  • A pileated woodpecker and a hummingbird came by for a visit!
  • We were featured in the Peace Arch News TWICE! First article can be found HERE and second article can be found HERE (also published on the FRONT PAGE of the March 11, 2021 newspaper).

Before and After

In Action

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