Ruth Johnson Park Oct 13 2018

On October 13th, on a beautiful and sunny Saturday, the Lower Mainland Green Team planted 155 potted shrubs and trees, and 29 trays of 18 herbs at Ruth Johnson Park in South Surrey/White Rock, for a whopping total of 677 plants! The volunteers also tackled English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry.


This activity was made possible by the City of White Rock  thank you Vania, Ralph from parking, and City of White Rock Mayor and Council


Thanks to all our volunteers: Tony, Paige, Alan, Wendy, Anthony, Aubrie, Brian M., Brian G., Claudia, Clint, Doreen, Greg, Harveen, Hindujaa, Jacob, Jerry, Jim, Jumpei, Lyle, Nathan, Piyush, Saya, Sherry, Kyle, Triston, Valentino, Wayne, Wiley, Jimmy, Alexander, Dan, Keith, Emma, Eric, Tedd, Jane and Howard

Volunteers at Ruth Johnson Park!

For more photos please click HERE (scroll down for before & after shots)


  • 37 volunteers contributed 111 hours
  • 20 volunteers had never been to Ruth Johnson Park before
  • 17 volunteers had never planted native species before
  • 16 volunteers had never removed invasive plants before
  • We removed 9 cubic meters of Himalayan Blackberry and English Ivy from 50 square meters of park land!
  • 677 Native plant species were planted in soil previously covered in Himalayan Blackberry!
  • Volunteers received BC made Honey Candles,doggy poop bags from Canadian company Earth Rated and veggie seeds from West Coast Seeds. Thank you Honey Candles, Earth Rated and West Coast Seeds
  • We had students from both Earl Marriott Secondary (Leo club!) and Semiahmoo Secondary (Earthworks) participate
  • The 9th Peace Arch Scouts participated
  • Volunteers came from White Rock, Surrey, Burnaby and even Abbotsford!
  • Two of our volunteers rode their bicycles, one all the way from Burnaby

What some of the volunteers said:


As a member of a school club for community service, I felt great about helping our local community. I am looking forward to see how the area would look like in the next few months – Jumpei


It was fun to learn how to plant and work with others such as friends and new people. This program is important as it impacts the wildlife as it aided in its growth and development. It also impacts the people who volunteer to make a change for their city in nature – Valentino


They were well prepared, provided excellent instruction for the projects, had more than enough equipment required. Pleasant to work with. Activity ran well with many volunteers that hadn’t worked together before – Dan






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