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GVGT in Action

Lillian Hoffar Park April 17 2018

As part of National Volunteer Week, the Greater Victoria Green Team engaged 14 volunteers and students in hands-on educational activities focused on removing English Ivy and Daphne from the park!

A big thank you to the Municipality of North Saanich for supporting our Green Team activities in your community! The funding made it possible to organize this activity, and other Green Team activities in North Saanich this year!

Thanks to all GVGT volunteers for making a big difference: Gavin, Gary, Hao, Joyce, Tao, Misaki, and Tom (students from Parkland Secondary), and their teacher Jessica Patton. Thank you to everyone else who participated: Keith, Liah, Tracy, Joan and Roger

Check out the news article in Peninsula News Review here

Our amazing community of eco-heroes!

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT HERE

 

Highlights

  • 14 community members participated including 8 students and 1 teacher from Parkland Secondary. We contributed 25 volunteer hours. 
  • Only 4 of the volunteers had been to Lillian Hoffar before  
  • Only 3 of the volunteers had removed English Ivy before! 
  • We removed 2 cubic metres of invasive plants!
  • We got to see an Anna’s Hummingbird nest with baby hummingbirds that were fledging that very morning (see photos below)
  • At the end of the day, everyone took home gifts from MEC – sporks and bike lights. 

 

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Atkins Restoration Area April 15, 2018

As part of the launch event for National Volunteer Week, the Greater Victoria Green Team, The Land Conservancy of BC, and CRD Parks spent the day laying cardboard on top of invasive St. John’s Wort to help suppress the growth of this weed. We also hunted for new re-growth of Himalayan Blackberry and found a patch of Scotch Broom we worked on! 

A big thank you to the the The Land Conservancy of BC for partnering with us and supporting our efforts on sites managed by TLC this year through funding! 

Thanks to all GVGT volunteers for making a big difference: Conway, Helena, Karen, Joseph, Phaedra, Cathie, Marc, Keith, Chris, Lisa, Veronica, Jennifer, Jenn, David, David, Ty, Brian and Hirotaka!

Check out the report from our last volunteer activity at Atkins Restoration Area on January 29, 2017 HERE

Our amazing community of eco-heroes!

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT HERE

 

Highlights

  • 26 community members participated including 18 GVGT volunteers, and TLC and CRD Parks staff and volunteers. GVGT volunteers contributed 68 volunteer hours. 
  • 14 out of 18 GVGT volunteers were introduced to Atkins Restoration Area
  • 15 volunteers had never removed St. John’s Wort before!
  • We removed 2 cubic metres of invasive plants!
  • We sheet mulched an area measuring approximately 150 square metres!
  • We enjoyed a buffet of delicious finger foods for lunch and coffee too!
  • At the end of the day, everyone took home gifts from MEC – sporks and bike lights. TLC handed out gifts of reflectors too! 

 

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Gulf View Park March 25, 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team removed an assortment of invasive plants from Gulf View Park in North Saanich. We uncovered a variety of native plant species during the work – native strawberry, Indian-plum, honeysuckle, oregon grape and others!

A big thank you to the the District of North Saanich for partnering with us and supporting our efforts in North Saanich this year through funding! 

Thanks to all GVGT volunteers for making a big difference: Conway, Helena, Andrew, Karen, Stephen, Jennifer, Brian, Emily, Deanna, Phaedra, Joseph, Peter, Lisa, Anne, Rai and Yoshi!

Our amazing community of eco-heroes!

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT HERE

 

Highlights

  • 16 GVGT volunteers participated and contributed 47 volunteer hours
  • 12 volunteers were introduced to Gulf View Park
  • 3 volunteers had never removed English Ivy before!
  • We removed 7 cubic metres of invasive plants including Daphne, Ivy and a bit of Holly!
  • 5 volunteers came from Saanich, 6 from Victoria, 1 from Sooke, 1 came from Colwood, 1 from Central Saanich and  2 from Oak Bay
  • We removed the invasive plants from an area measuring approximately 450 square metres
  • 2 volunteers are international students from Japan and wanted to participate in an environmental volunteer activity! It was there first time doing such a thing!! 
  • We spent time looking at native Trailing Blackberry and determining the differentiating characteristics from the invasive blackberry. A few characteristics of trailing blackberry include: round stem, three leaves growing from main stem, smaller thorns, trails on the ground and stays smaller, plus there is a white dusty look on the native stem. 

 

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Knockan Hill Park, March 17 2018

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent another sunny Saturday helping restore nature in our region! This time we cleared out Daphne, Blackberry, Ivy and Broom from the beautiful Garry Oak habitat at Knockan Hill Park. 

Thank you to Nancy, Doris and the other amazing Friends of Knockan Hill Park for your amazing work taking care of this park! Thank you to Chris Junck for hosting the Green Team and other volunteers, plus getting all of the yummy food!!!

The Friends of Knockan Hill Park meet regularly. To join their efforts again, you can find out more on the Friends of Knockan Hill website here! 

A big thank you to the Town of View Royal for partnering with us and supporting our efforts in View Royal through funding! 

Thanks to all GVGT and HAT volunteers for making a big difference: Conway, Derek, Chris, Helena, Jory, Andrew, Adam, Erin, Iris, Kari and Karen.  

Our group photo from the day!

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT HERE

 

Highlight

  • 20 volunteers participated (11 GVGT volunteers who contributed 40 volunteer hours)
  • 8 GVGT volunteers were introduced to Knockan Hill Park! 
  • We removed 16 cubic metres of invasive plants including Himalayan Blackberry, Scotch Broom, Daphne and Ivy! 
  • 3 volunteers came from Saanich, 4 from Victoria, 1 came from Colwood, 1 from View Royal, and  1 from Oak Bay
  • We removed the invasive plants from an area measuring approximately 400 square metres
  • Some of the native plants that we saw beginning to bloom included Indian-plum, White Fawn Lily and Camas shoots.

What volunteers said:

By increasing the beauty of our parks, and preserving the ecosystem of the island, we are essentially not only making for better tourism return rates and improvement on nearby property values, but even better – we are inspiring the new generations to do the same, to protect what will be inherited. The impact is massive, and you can literally see the difference. – Andrew

 

I enjoyed many aspects of volunteering with the Greater Victoria Green Team most especially a feeling of contentment being out in nature participating with a diverse, engaging and interesting group of people doing something positive. – Helena

 

 

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Havenwood Park March 10, 2018

A beautiful day was spent helping revitalize Havenwood Park in Colwood by reducing the amount of Scotch Broom and Himalayan Blackberry growth from the park! Thanks to everyone for participating!

Thank you to Carol and Robbie, the Havenwood Park Stewards for making such an impact in the park! Thank you to Wendy from HAT for hosting the Green Team and other volunteers, plus getting all of the yummy food!!!

The Friends of Havenwood Park (FOHP) meet each Friday from 9-11am, and you can drop in anytime to give them a hand!  They send their thanks as well, for all the amazing work accomplished Saturday. If you’re keen to join them, you can contact Carol Brown at .

HAT usually holds 1-2 restoration events per month. If you would like to learn more about their volunteer opportunities, you can email Wendy at

A big thank you to the City of Colwood for helping fund this activity and others in your area!

Thanks to all GVGT and HAT volunteers for making a big difference: Conway, Derek, Chris, Jennifer, Bryan, Marina, John, Leisha, Matthew, Ty, Wies, Nick, Rachel, Danica, Grayson, Cory, Stephanie, Jessica, Darren, Ava, Lili and Kate!

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT HERE

Highlight

  • 24 volunteers participated (11 GVGT volunteers, 2 volunteer park stewards and 2 staff)
  • 10 out of 11 GVGT volunteers were introduced to Havenwood park! They all loved the park and project!
  • We removed 3 cubic metres of invasive plants including Himalayan Blackberry, Scotch Broom, Daisy and Thistle. 
  • 4 volunteers came from Saanich, 3 volunteers came from Colwood, 2 from Sooke, 1 from Victoria and 1 from Metchosin.
  • We removed the invasive plants from an area measuring approximately 300 square metres

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Esquimalt Gorge Park March 3, 2018

On March 3 as part of Esquimalt’s Branch Out Program, the Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers tackled 2 large areas of Himalayan Blackberry and also English Ivy from Esquimalt Gorge Park. We planted 25 native trees as well! 

A big thank you to the Township of Esquimalt for helping fund this activity and others in your area!

Thanks to all GVGT volunteers for making a big difference: Cheryl, Christopher, Dan, Diana, Gavin, Jane, Jason, Kai, Karen, Larry, Sacha, Shihomi, Sophia, Terra, Troy, Agnes, Violette, Grace and Iris

 

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT HERE

Highlights

  • In total 20 GVGT volunteers participated and contributed 33 volunteers hours
  • 9 volunteers were introduced to Esquimalt Gorge Park
  • 14 volunteers were introduced to removing English Ivy and 13 volunteers were introduced to planting Douglas-fir trees
  • We removed 5 cubic metres of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry
  • We removed the invasive plants from an area measuring approximately 200 square metres

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UVic Bowker Creek Headwaters March 2, 2018

On March 2, students from Maria Montessori, as well as club members from UVic’s Ecological Restoration Volunteer Club reduced the amount of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry at UVic. 59 students plus teachers and parents helped to not only remove English Ivy about also planted Douglas-fir trees and Nootka Rose bushes! 2

Thank you to all of the students, teachers and parents from Maria Montessori for helping that day! Thank you to all of the volunteers for participating: Andrew, Wies, Kari, Anna, John, Emily (UVic club coordinator) and Braedan (thanks for helping with the Bird ID workshop too!)

To volunteer with the UVic Ecological Restoration Club you can join their FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT HERE

Highlights

  • In total 74 volunteers participated and contributed 88 volunteers hours
  •  8 volunteers were introduced to Bowker Creek Headwater at UVic before 
  • 41 volunteers were introduced to removing English Ivy
  • We removed 2 cubic metres of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry
  • We planted 3 Douglas-fir trees and 2 Nootka Rose shrubs
  • We removed the invasive plants from an area measuring approximately 150 square metres

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Anderson Hill Park February 25, 2018

On February 25th during a blustery chilly day, 23 volunteers of the Greater Victoria Green Team co-organized an English Ivy pull on Anderson Hill Park. Along with the two coordinators (Amanda of the GVGT and Christina, the park steward), the volunteers helped to remove over 5 cubic metres of invasive plants including English Ivy and Spurge-laurel (Daphne). 

A big thank you to Christina Johnson-Dean, the park steward, for your continual dedication to Anderson Hill Park! We LOVE working with yoU!

Thanks to all GVGT volunteers for making a big difference: Conway, Emma, Melissa, Emily, Jason, Paige, Maggie, Madeline, Kai, Andrew, Travis, Isabella, Terra, Karen, Jennifer, Tree, Nghi, Siaowei, Kirsten, Shannon, Ricardo, Fransisco and Kari!

A HUGE thank you to the Victoria Foundation, LUSH Cosmetics and our many other FUNDERS for your continual support and funding to allow these activities to continue! 

To volunteer with Christina on Anderson Hill Park, please email her at 

This event was part of February’s Meadow Marathon, organized in part by the Nature Conservancy of Canada! To participate in other Meadow Marathon volunteer activities this month, please go to their WEBSITE HERE

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT HERE

Highlights

  • In total 23 GVGT volunteers participated and contributed 70 volunteers hours
  • 19 volunteers were introduced to Anderson Hill Park 
  • 14 volunteers were introduced to removing English Ivy
  • We removed 5 cubic metres of English Ivy and Spurge-laurel from the park!
  • We removed the invasive plants from an area measuring approximately 200 square metres

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Portage Park February 8 and 9 2018

On February 8 and 9, the Greater Victoria Green Team co-organized a large youth-focused activity in Portage Park. Over 300 students from View Royal Elementary, teachers and parents, as well as volunteers from View Royal and Benevity came together to revitalize a portion of the park! 

Thanks to all of the teachers, parents and students from View Royal Elementary for participating! Thanks to all of the GVGT volunteers for making a big difference those days as well! Anna W, Cathie, Anna, Henry, Andrew, Andrew M., Martin, and the Benevity Crew: Amy, Noriko, Jake and Christophe

A HUGE thank you to the Town of View Royal for your continual support and funding to allow these activities to continue! Thank you to Chris Junck for helping organize and collaborate!

To volunteer with the Town of View Royal please email Chris at or visit the WEBSITE HERE

Highlights

  • In total 302 students from View Royal Elementary, 21 parents and teachers, and 11 GVGT volunteers participated and contributed 354 volunteers hours
  • 25% of the participants were introduced to Portage Park
  • 68% of the participants were introduced to removing English Ivy
  • We removed 10 cubic metres of English Ivy from the park!
  • We removed the invasive plants from an area measuring approximately 500 square metres
  • Goldstream News Gazette’s article: “Green Team program encourages students to be stewards of the environment”

To look at our photo album full of photos from this activity please click HERE (for February 8)  and HERE (for Feb. 9)

 

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Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site February 3, 2018

On February 3, the Greater Victoria Green Team organized the first volunteer event of 2018 at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site (in collaboration with the team at FRH). 42 volunteers and staff spent the day removing invasive Daphne and some blackberry from the unique coastal habitat! For lunch we enjoyed pizza curtesy of Fort Rodd Hill!! 

Thanks to everyone for volunteering: Nicole, Anmol, Catherine, Cathie, Cathie, Chris, Conway, Cynthia, Gavin, Harvir, Jaden, Jason, Jeremy, Julia, Joseph, Lara, Macca, Mack, Marg, Max, Metta, Craig, Michael, Mikiya, Remi, Taylor, Troy, Veronica, Karen, Elena, Justina and Julian. 

Thank you to Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site for hosting us! To volunteer with FRH, please visit their WEBSITE HERE

  • In total 32 GVGT volunteers participated (40 in total), and contributed 134 volunteers hours
  • 19 volunteers had never been to Fort Rodd Hill before
  • 15 volunteers had never removed Spurge-laurel before
  • We removed 40 cubic metres of invasive plants
  • We removed the invasive plants from an area measuring approximately 500 square metres

To look at our photo album full of photos from this activity please click HERE

 

  

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