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GVGT in Action

UVic Mystic Woods October 11, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team with funding support from the University of Victoria Sustainability Office organized a day long ivy pull and education day in Mystic Vale Woods at UVic! Just about 50 people joined in to remove 6 cubic metres of Ivy from a 200 square metre area! 

Thank-you to everyone who participated – you are awesome!  Alexandra, Alexis, Alycia, Ashley, Ashlyn, Ayesha, Beth, Bree, Brittany, Carina, Carmen, Claire, Colin, Courtenay, Cynthia, Devon, Dominique, Emily, Garrett, Jacqueline, Jalem, Jayden, Jennifer, John, Julia, Kathryn, Katrina, Kiki, Kurt, Lindsay, London, Madison, Mark, Megan, Merryl, Michaela, Natalie, Nicole, Olivia, Paige M., Paige W., Rebecca, Ritu, Sarah, Shannon, Vanessa and Wylie!

Also thank you very much to the UVic education teacher, Jennifer Gruno for bringing out your students! We look forward to future collaborations!

Thank you to the Sustainability Office of the University of Victoria for partnering with us and funding this ongoing project! Your support makes it possible to engage community and restore the environment! 

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

  • 48 volunteers were engaged and contributed 75 volunteer hours
  • 40 of the volunteers had never removed English Ivy before
  • 8 of the volunteers had never been to Mystic Vale before.
  • In total 45 volunteers were University of Victoria students!
  • We removed approximately 6 cubic metres of English Ivy from 300 square metres of habitat. 
  • A group of students from the education program attended to learn about how to integrate outdoor, hands-on environmental education in their future elementary school classes! 

What volunteers said about their experience

For my specific purposes, the impact was teaching a large number of future teachers the local opportunities to introduce their students to environmental initiatives. Therefore, I feel the impact is quite large, because even if a small number of my students link their future classes with the Victoria Green Team, it means hundreds of students will experience environmental stewardship.
Amanda and the Victoria Green Team exceeded my expectations during this experience. I plan to have every one of my education classes at UVic volunteer with this important club.
I enjoyed being out in nature and working together to remove the English Ivy. I also liked seeing the impact we had in such a short time.
It was easy, fun, and I felt like I was actually making a difference! It is definitely something I am considering doing with my elementary school class.

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Ayum Creek October 6, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team and The Land Conservancy of BC worked together to move about 90 cubic metres of mulch that covered an area being restored! 

Thank-you to all of the amazing people for making a big difference and participating: Alywn, Andy, Ashley, Cecilia, Dominick, Emily, Melissa, Miaoju, Monica, Rheona and Travis!

Thank you so much to The Land Conservancy of BC for partnering with us to strengthen community stewardship in the region! Your partnership makes it all possible! 

Thank you to LUSH Cosmetics for providing great bath items, Earth Rated for providing eco-friendly dog bags and Honey Candles for donating candles as thank you gifts to our hardworking volunteers! Thank you to Meanwhile in Sooke for stopping by and donating a t-shirt and stickers!!

 

Amazing Team of Eco-heroes!

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 11 volunteers were engaged and contributed 43 volunteer hours
  • 7 of the volunteers had never been to Ayum Creek Park before
  • 8 of the volunteers had never moved mulch before
  • We moved approximately 90 cubic metres of mulch!
  • One volunteer biked all of the way from Saanich!

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Saxe Point Park September 30, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team collaborated with Esquimalt’s Branch Out and engaged 24 volunteers in an English Ivy pull in Saxe Point Park! 

Thank-you to all of the amazing people for making a big difference and participating: Larry, Marjorie, Deanna, Lisa, Peter, Phaedra and her awesome daughter Ruby, Rose, Chloe, Theo, Lynn, Danya, Mark, Chad, Cyril, Kristen, Carwyn, Airi, Jolin, Shaelyn, Stewart, Jack and Cathy! 

Thank you to Esquimalt’s Community Grant program for contributing funds to our GVGT activities in your region! Find out more about Esquimalt HERE.

Thank you to LUSH Cosmetics for providing great bath items, and Earth Rated for providing eco-friendly dog bags as thank you gifts to our hardworking volunteers! Also, thank you to Lone Tree Bakery for providing the most delicious muffins and energy bars!

 

Amazing Team of Eco-heroes!

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 24 GVGT volunteers were engaged and contributed 66 volunteer hours
  • 11 of the volunteers had never been to Saxe Point Park before
  • 12 of the volunteers had never removed English Ivy before
  • We revitalized an area measuring approx. 150 square metres!
  • We removed approx. 6 cubic metres of English Ivy from the site
  • We planted 4 Douglas-fir and Hemlock trees in the cleared out area!

 

What volunteers said about their experience

I enjoyed removing plants and talking with others. It was the first time for me to take part in a volunteer program about nature. I really enjoyed it, and learned many things. I hadn’t known that there were so many invasive plants. I thought this was something that I could do for making a difference.

Enjoyed meeting the other volunteers and the fresh air. Also the snacks and the general feeling of making a positive impact. Good way to start a Sunday. I feel it probably brings a good sense of community to an area, delivers a good volunteer experience, and helps to restore some of greater Victoria’s former ecology.

 

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UVic Mystic Vale September 29, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team coordinated the first of many more GVGT volunteer activities in Mystic Vale. In total 29 volunteers came together to remove a ton of English Ivy (approx. 8 cubic metres in total) from this habitat located at the University of Victoria. 

Thank-you to all of the amazing people for making a big difference and participating: John, Conway, Brian, Ricardo, Natan, Montana, Ashley, Qi Shen, Moauju, Jingrui, Juan Marcos, Genie, Katherine, Isobel, Yukino, Ryoko, Elijah, Kumiko, Haiping, Sumin, Ophelia, Niraj, Kanae, Will, Jutian, Wylie and Deia. 

Thank you so very much to the University of Victoria’s Sustainability Office for making this activity possible. Your funding contributes to community engagement and stewardship of Mystic Vale! Find out more about UVic’s Sustainability Office here: https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability

Thank you to LUSH Cosmetics for providing great bath items, and Earth Rated for providing eco-friendly dog bags as thank you gifts to our hardworking volunteers!

Amazing Team! 

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

 

Highlights

  • 29 GVGT volunteers were engaged and contributed 112 volunteer hours
  • 21 of the volunteers had never been to Mystic Vale Woods before
  • 21 of the volunteers had never removed English Ivy before
  • We revitalized an area measuring approx. 250 square metres!
  • We removed approx. 8 cubic metres of English Ivy from the site (which involved carrying good sized loads up the ravine and stairs – great workout for all of us!)
  • A group of volunteers from UVic’s annual Project Serve came to participate! They had awesome Volunteer t-shirts and brought lots of energy and passion!
  • Volunteers were from all over the world – Isreal, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, China, and Korea to name a few!

 

What volunteers said about their experience

This is my first volunteer, I have met many new friends and I felt a sense of accomplishment.

A great time with nature.

 

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Mount Matheson Property September 23, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team and Habitat Acquisition Trust spent the day on the beautiful Mount Matheson property removing lots of young Scotch Broom plants and planting 100s of native herbaceous plants and bulbs in the Garry Oak habitat! 

Thank-you to all of the amazing people for making a big difference and participating: Connie, Steve, Ashley, Jasmine, Alex, Robbie, Mark, Grace, Erin, Rheona, Marjorie, Shy and Alice. 

Thank you so much to the Habitat Acquisition Trust for partnering with us on this activity and supporting community engagement by working together! Find out more about HAT here: www.hat.bc.ca

Amazing Team! 

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 15 volunteers were engaged (10 GVGT volunteers) and contributed 47 volunteer hours
  • 14 of the volunteers had never been to this site before
  • 13 of the volunteers had never planted native camas bulbs before
  • We revitalized an area measuring approx. 150 square metres!
  • We planted 100s of native bulbs and herbaceous plants including: Hooker’s Onion, Nodding Onion, Henderson’s Shooting Stars, Fool’s Onion, Common Camas, California Brome, Long-stoloned Sedge, Roemer’s fescue, Yarrow, Pearly Everlasting.
  • The seed mix included: Woolly sunflower, sea blush, farewell-to-spring, yarrow, spring gold, barestem desert-parsley, field chickweed and small-flowered blue-eyed Mary.

 

What volunteers said about their experience

I loved how we had a goal and we accomplished it. We made a difference, and even if it wasn’t a big one, it’s one that will continue to live on in our legacies.

Easy pace allowing each person to work to their own abilities. Loved the lunch and the diversity of volunteers assisting.

Learning about HAT and their work on covenants. Learning about planting native plants and bulbs. Being outside in a beautiful location on a beautiful day! It really lifted my spirits.

It was awesome! Great weather, and even better food provided! And the work was really light. Just enough to say I didn’t come just for the food! 🙂

 

Volunteers in Action

Murray Pond Park September 22, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the beautiful Saturday morning cutting and digging back invasive Himalayan Blackberry from Murray Pond Park with 16 community members!

Thank-you to all of the amazing people for making a big difference and participating: Helena, Connie, Steve, Theo, Lynn, Brian, David, Dylan, Michael, Bryce, Jason, Judy, Dazhong, Callum and Jingrui. 

Thank you so much to City of Colwood Parks for helping to fund this activity!

 

Our amazing community of eco-heroes

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 15 volunteers were engaged and contributed 47 volunteer hours
  • 12 of the volunteers had never been to Murray Pond Park
  • 7 of the volunteers had never removed Scotch Broom before
  • We removed 4 cubic metres of broom
  • We revitalized an area measuring approx. 150 square metres!

 

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Edwards Park September 9, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team and Volunteer View Royal volunteers removed 3 cubic metres of Scotch Broom from the Garry Oak habitat in Edwards Park, View Royal! 

Thank-you to all of the amazing people for making a big difference and participating: Helena, Matthew, Cathie, Ricardo, Wonda and Ken! 

Thank you to Chris Junck and Town of View Royal for hosting us! To join other volunteer efforts in View Royal, head to their Facebook page: Volunteer View Royal 

Thank you very much to the Town of View Royal for helping fund our GVGT activity (and others) in your municipality! Your funding helps support community engagement, environmental education and ecological restoration in View Royal!

Our amazing community of eco-heroes

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 7 volunteers were engaged and contributed 17 volunteer hours (14 GVGT hours)
  • 4 of the volunteers had never been to Edwards Park before
  • 2 of the volunteers had never removed Scotch Broom before
  • We removed 3 cubic metres of broom
  • We revitalized an area measuring approx. 100 square metres!

What volunteers said

 “I enjoyed being outside, getting to meet new people, and bettering my community through this volunteering. The event was very organized and the people were great to work with!”

“Our well guided, small group put so much enthusiasm into the event today we were able to show that as a group goals can easily be met if the energy is there!”

 

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Ayum Creek September 8, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team and The Land Conservancy of BC worked to remove re-sprouts of invasive Periwinkle and cover the site with cardboard to restore a section of the forest habitat at Ayum Creek (CRD reserve site).

Thank-you to all of the amazing people for making a big difference and participating: Alice, Alwyn, Ashley, Brian, Chloe, Christie, Connor, Daria, Lori, Melissa, Michelle, Paige and Sebastian!

Thank you to Torrey and Karen, the TLC staff for hosting us!!

To find out more about the Land Conservancy of BC and upcoming volunteer activities, head to their website here: http://conservancy.bc.ca

 


Our amazing community of eco-heroes!

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 15 volunteers were engaged (13 GVGT volunteers), and contributed 59 volunteer hours (51 GVGT hours)
  • 12 of the volunteers had never been to Ayum Creek before
  • 12 of the volunteers had never removed Periwinkle before!
  • We covered an area measuring approx. 300 square metres with cardboard
  • Out of 13 GVGT volunteers, 11 people were new volunteers!! Welcome aboard!

What volunteers said

“Meeting new people was probably the best part. Everyone was so friendly!”

“I enjoyed the beautiful view in the forest, and learned something new about how to protect the environment.”

“I think it’s a huge task you’ve taken on, but a very important one. The impact is huge in that it not only helps our environment, but it teaches all of the volunteers to appreciate and respect our surroundings more. That kind of lesson ends up rippling through communities.”

 

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Mount Matheson August 5, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team and Habitat Acquisition Trust spent the day removing Scotch Broom, having a delicious lunch and swimming in a “secret” lake! We managed to remove lots of isolated patches of Scotch Broom around the beautiful Mount Matheson site! 

Thank-you to all of the amazing people for making a big difference and participating: Helena, Conway, Lori, John B., John C., Joanna, Cathie, Braeden, Marjorie, Dana, Matteus, and Jory! Also the HAT volunteer Dennis!! 

Thank you to Wendy, Paige and Liam from HAT for helping organize and host a spectacular event! We love our partnership!

To join other HAT events, you can head to their website here: Habitat Acquisition Trust, or email , or call  250-995-2428. They have amazing opportunities across the CRD!

Our next partnered event with HAT is on September 23 at Mount Matheson again! Sign-up HERE to participate (space is going to fill up quickly!)

A big thank you to the Habitat Acquisition Trust for believing in the power of collaboration and partnership! By working together, we can achieve so much more! 


Our amazing community of eco-heroes!

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 18 volunteers and staff were engaged (12 GVGT volunteers) and contributed 55 volunteer hours (37 GVGT hours) 
  • 12 of the GVGT volunteers had never been to this property before
  • 4 of the volunteers had never removed Scotch Broom before!
  • We removed 2 cubic metres of invasive Scotch Broom
  • 4 volunteers were brand new to volunteering with the Greater Victoria Green Team. Welcome to John B, Dana, Matteus, and Joanna! Hope to see you again soon!

 

Feedback from volunteers

“The work that the Green Team puts in is great and provides many benefits to our local ecosystems. Also, the community that is created from events is wonderful.”

“I particularly enjoyed this event as our Greater Victoria Green Team collaborated with Habitat Acquisition Trust with bringing volunteers together to remove invasive Scotch Broom from an area that recently was documented to have various native species. The almost immediate feeling of comradery was evident with how all of us participated easily as a group.”

“Other than the obvious-clearing out invasive plants….programs like this promote a sense of community and bring together diverse but like minded people.”

 

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Portage Park July 31, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers worked to remove 6 cubic metres of English Ivy from the forested Portage Park in View Royal. Volunteers came from the company Reliable Controls, local residents and St. Michael’s Students! 

Thank-you to all of the amazing people for making a big difference and participating: Brad, Dan, Daniel, Erin, Gabriel, Hania, Jason, Justin, Kent, Matthew, Michelle, Mike, Nikolina, Prashant, Richard, Rob, Robin, Sarah. 

Thank you to Chris Junck, the Invasive Species Coordinator of View Royal for working together on this awesome day!

To join the View Royal Environmental Volunteer group, you can email Chris at , and join the Volunteer View Royal Facebook Page Here

A big thank you to the Town of View Royal for supporting community engagement in your region! Your funding made it possible for us to engage community AND restore the environment! Thank you!


Our amazing community of eco-heroes!

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 33 volunteers were engaged and contributed 70 volunteer hours 
  • 26 of the volunteers had never been to Portage Park before
  • 28 of the volunteers had never removed English Ivy before!
  • We removed 6 cubic metres of invasive plants
  • We revitalized an area measuring approx. 200 square metres

 

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