Ruth Johnson Park Oct 2 2018

On October 2nd, on a cool and windy Tuesday, the Lower Mainland Green Team tackled English Ivy, Himalayan Blackberry, and English Holly at Ruth Johnson Park in South Surrey/White Rock. Students from Semiahmoo Secondary and Earl Marriott Secondary came out!


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 everyone who participated: Kath, Saya, Clare, Daniel, Mack, Frank, Ran, Valentino, Piyush, Jumpei, Kyle, Harden, Angella, Suba, Shayla, Kent, Arshi, Yelin and Kristy

Volunteers at Ruth Johnson Park!

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


  • 20 volunteers contributed 50 hours
  • We removed 6 cubic metres of Himalayan Blackberry, English Holly, and English Ivy from 75 square metres of park land!
  • 4 trees were rescued from English Ivy strangling them!
  • Many volunteers enjoyed in-kind Hagensborg chocolate – which is fair trade
  • We had students from both Earl Marriott Secondary (Leo club!) and Semiahmoo Secondary (Earthworks) participate!
  • One of our volunteers rode his bicycle from Semiahmoo Secondary
  • One of our volunteers took the transit from Vancouver!

What some of the volunteers said:

I felt the impact was to help preserve the beautiful natural areas in our acity and to maintain the wildlife like animals and good plants alongside educating people of all ages on the world we live in and how to help it grow – Valentino


I felt the impact was connecting youth to the environment and to service learning. Getting kids outdoors to enjoy nature and to contribute to their community. Seeing the impact of your actions and getting physical – the hard work pays off in seeing the area get cleared of blackberry –  Kristy


This program makes sure that we have a diverse set of plants in our parks. It keeps biodiversity and stops our parks from being monocultural. This is extremely important not only for us but for the other plants and animals that are living within the ecosystem. – Kyle








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