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GVGT in Action

Lillian Hoffar Park November 24, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team and Friends of North Saanich Parks removed invasive English Ivy, dug up Himalayan Blackberry and planted native shrubs and trees including Nootka Rose, Grand-fir and Douglas-fir! 

Thank you so much to the Friends of North Saanich, especially Ashlee and Sharon, for hosting us and for all the amazing work you do restoring North Saanich green spaces!

Thank-you so much to everyone who participated: Alice, Amanda, Begum, Jesse, Joan Sommer, Joan Strasbourg, Juanne, Lin Lin, Mark, Melissa, Miaoju, Paul, Rheona, Roger and Shaye!

Thank you to the District of North Saanich and North Saanich Parks for helping to make this activity possible! A special thanks to Jim and Aaron and the North Saanich Mayor and Council! 

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

Thank you so much to Begum, Shaye and Paul from TELUS North Saanich for participating! Their participation is part of a campaign over November and December to raise funds through their cause marketing campaign for the GVGT’s work in North Saanich Parks! THANK YOU!

Our awesome group of volunteers!

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 17 volunteers participated (including 15 GVGT volunteers), and contributed 49 volunteer hours
  • 6 of the volunteers were introduced to removing English Ivy!
  • 12 volunteers had never been to Lillian Hoffar Park before
  • We planted over 10 native trees and shrubs including Nootka Rose, Grand-fir and Douglas-fir.  
  • We removed about 5 cubic metres of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry
  • 1 volunteered biked from Saanich, while 3 bussed, and a few carpooled!
  • 6 volunteers came from North Saanich or Sidney (the nearby municipality!)
  • 3 volunteers were there from the local TELUS in North Saanich! Find out more about TELUS in North Saanich HERE

 

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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!

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 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. 

 

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UVic Mystic Vale Woods November 14, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team removed a ton of invasive English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry from UVic’s Mystic Vale Woods with over 50 volunteers! Thank you to the University of Victoria Sustainability and Campus Planning for partnering with us! 

Thank-you so much to everyone who participated: students and teachers from Oak and Orca Bioregional School and Claremont Secondary School (Joanna Linger’s Grade 12 Biology class!). Thanks to everyone for attending: Andrew, Carina, Colin, Jessica, John, Martin, Mary, Mercy, Natalie and Paige!

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

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 52 volunteers participated including students from Oak and Orca Bioregional School and Claremont Secondary School. In total 110 volunteer hours were contributed!
  •  15 of the volunteers were introduced to removing Himalayan Blackberry or English Ivy!
  • 14 volunteers had never been to Mystic Vale Woods before
  • We removed approximately 6 cubic metres Himalayan Blackberry and English Ivy from an area measuring 100 square metres! 

 

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Murray Pond Park November 13, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team with funding support from the City of Colwood Community Grants and Canada Post Foundation, organized 48 students, teachers and GVGT volunteers in Murray Pond Park! We removed Himalayan Blackberry! 

 

Thank-you so much to everyone who participated: Judy, Jason and Simon! Plus Linda Funk’s and Brian Hobsons students!

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 48 volunteers participated including students from Royal Bay Secondary! In total 55 volunteer hours were contributed!
  • 37 of the volunteers were introduced to removing Himalayan Blackberry
  • We removed approximately 6 cubic metres of Himalayan Blackberry from an area measuring 40 square metres

 

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Portage Park November 5, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team with funding support from the Town of View Royal and Canada Post Foundation, organized 60 students, teachers and GVGT volunteers in Portage Park! We removed invasive ivy, daphne and planted 6 native trees (Grande fir and Douglas-fir!)

Thank-you so much to everyone who participated! 

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

 

Amazing Team of Eco-heroes!

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 60 volunteers participated including students from Shoreline Middle School! In total 80 volunteer hours were contributed!
  • 27 of the volunteers were introduced to removing English Ivy
  • 4 of the volunteers were introduced to Portage Park
  • We removed approximately 4 cubic metres of English Ivy!
  • We planted 6 trees including Grande-fir and Douglas fir. These trees were donated by Judy Nault. She salvaged them from an area that was going to be developed. Thanks Judy!

 

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Knockan Hill Park November 4, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team with funding support from the Town of View Royal and Canada Post Foundation, organized  19 GVGT volunteers (25 in total) at Knockan Hill Park! We removed invasive Daphne, plus took ivy off of trees and Chris cut down a large Holly Tree! 

Thank-you so much to everyone who participated: Alisa, Andre, Andrew, Barbara, Cathie, Chloe, Della, Elijah, Hang, Jackie, Janice, Jesse, Langqing, Laura, Lee, Linh, Miaoju, Olive, Sharmon, Sharon, Shuyao, Simin, Stu, and Zhiyuan

Thank you to Volunteer View Royal and the Friends of Knockan Hill Park for hosting us and all of the work you do in restoring Knockan Hill Park (and other View Royal Parks)! If you want to join the Friends of Knockan Hill Park at future volunteer activities, please check out their webpage here: http://www.knockanhillpark.ca/society.php

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

 

Amazing Team of Eco-heroes!

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 25 volunteers participated including 19 GVGT volunteers and contributed 73 volunteer hours (58 GVGT hours)
  • 14 of the volunteers were introduced to removing Daphne 
  • 18 of the volunteers were introduced to Knockan Hill Park
  • We removed approximately 12 cubic metres of invasive plants mainly Daphne!

 

What volunteers had to say

 

“This program is able to recruit a large number of volunteers and to get a lot of work done in a short period of time. It engages people that want [to] spend time outside and support parks.”

“Brings people together in the communities within [Greater] Victoria and offers an opportunity for people to try out eco-restoration and learn techniques.”

“We at Friends of Knockan Park are very grateful for the support from the Green Team in tackling invasive species in Knockan Hill Park. The work we accomplished was amazing. The volunteers were wonderful, enjoyed working with everyone. Working to improve the park is so much better with partnering with the Green Team. We could never have accomplished as much as we did in 4 hours.”

 

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Anderson Hill Park November 3, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team with funding support from the Community Grant Program of District of Oak Bay and Canada Post Foundation, organized 14 GVGT volunteers at Anderson Hill Park! We removed mainly invasive English Ivy (and also a bit of Daphne) on the rainy, but very fun day!

Thank-you so much to everyone who participated: Anastasia, Ashley, Beth, Chester, David, Deborah, Helena, Jacqueline, Kamran, Marisa, Martin, Miaoju, Moragh and Simon.

Thank you to Christina-Johnson Dean for hosting us and all of the work you do in restoring Anderson Hill Park! If you want to join Christina for other ivy pull activities on Anderson Hill Park, please email her: 

 

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

 

Amazing Team of Eco-heroes!

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 14 GVGT volunteers were engaged and contributed 39 volunteer hours
  • 8 of the volunteers were introduced to removing English Ivy 
  • 11 of the volunteers were introduced to Anderson Hill Park
  • We removed approximately 4 cubic metres of invasive plants from an area measuring approx. 100 square metres!

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Colwood Creek Park October 27, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team with funding support from City of Colwood and Canada Post Foundation, organized 23 GVGT volunteers at Colwood Creek Park! We removed invasive Himalayan Blackberry and planted over 50 native trees and shrubs! 

Thank-you so much to everyone who participated: Alina, Alisa, Catherine, Cynthia, Gordie, Human, Jackie, Joe, Kush, Langqing, Linh, Martyna, Megan, Miaoju, Negar, Sanders, Shuyao, Sophia, Stephen, Connie, Virti, Xiaolin, Zhiyuan

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank you gifts to our volunteers: LUSH Cosmetics for providing great bath items, EarthRated for providing dog poop bags, Camino Chocolate for providing chocolate and hot chocolate. 

Amazing Team of Eco-heroes!

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 24 GVGT volunteers were engaged and contributed 74  volunteer hours
  • 20 of the volunteers had never removed Himalayan Blackberry before, while 19 have never planted native trees before. 
  • 22 of the volunteers had never been to Colwood Creek Park before.
  • We removed approximately 4 cubic metres of invasive plants from an area measuring approx. 100 square metres!
  • We planted 58 native trees and shrubs including native Dogwood, Western Red Cedar, Salal and Tall Oregon Grape.

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Uplands Park October 22, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team with funding support from District of Oak Bay Community Grants program and Canada Post Foundation, organized 30 GVGT volunteers at Uplands Park! We removed invasive Spurge-laurel (Daphne) from this important Garry Oak habitat. 

Thank-you so much to everyone who participated: Alice, Alisa, Brian, Catherine, Colin, Connie, Cynthia, Deanna, Emma, Helena, Jackie, Jill, Joe, Langqing, Linh, Louise, Melissa, Miaoju, Monica, Nancy, Rachael, Ricardo, Shuyao, Stephen, Steve, Tianjiao, Wenbo, Xinyi, Zhiyuan and Zihan!

Also thank you to the Friends of Uplands Park for all the work you do in restoring the important habitat in Uplands Park! Check them on Facebook HERE

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank you gifts to our volunteers: LUSH Cosmetics for providing great bath items!

 

Amazing Team of Eco-heroes!

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 30 GVGT volunteers were engaged and contributed 90 volunteer hours
  • 22 of the volunteers had never removed Daphne before!
  • 20 of the volunteers had never been to Uplands Park before.
  • We removed approximately 4 cubic metres of invasive plants from an area measuring approx. 100 square metres!

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Quarry Park October 20, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team with funding support from North Saanich Parks Department, worked to remove English Ivy and plant Douglas-fir trees in Quarry Park! 

Thank-you to everyone who participated – you are awesome!  Carwyn, Christie, Jack, John, Matthew, Maioju, Phaedra, Rheona, Ruby, Shealyn, Stewart and Valerie! Plus Jarret and his two sons who are part of the Friends of North Saanich Parks!

Also thank you to the Friends of North Saanich Parks for all the work you do in restoring North Saanich Parks!

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank you gifts to our volunteers: LUSH Cosmetics for providing great bath items and HoneyCandles .

 

Amazing Team of Eco-heroes!

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 12 GVGT volunteers were engaged and contributed 35 volunteer hours
  • 4 of the volunteers had never removed English Ivy before, while 4 had never planted trees before
  • 10 of the volunteers had never been to Quarry Park before.
  • We removed approximately 6 cubic metres of English Ivy!
  • We revitalized approximately 150 square metres of habitat!
  • We planted 9 Douglas-fir trees! 

 

What volunteers said about their experience

 

Without this group I wouldn’t have been made aware of the problem of invasive species taking over our public spaces. We need all the help we can get to start to reverse the damage that has been done. We need to spread the knowledge and gather hands to act now.
It is very important to make this a necessary activity in your life. To educate the community and teach them the value of the nature.

 

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