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LMGT in Action

Terra Nova Park November 7th 2020

On Saturday, November 7th the Lower Mainland Green Team gathered at Terra Nova Park to remove invasive Himalayan Blackberry that was surrounding native trees and encroaching on one of the main trails. We had 30 volunteers over a span of two sessions remove 5 cubic meters of invasive Himalayan Blackberry. Of this group, 17 were introduced to Terra Nova Park for the first time, and 19 were new to removing invasive species.

Two volunteers rode their bikes, and we had large number of students from Richmond High join us. We also saw a large Herron, rabbits, and a number of planes landing at the Vancouver Airport nearby!

THANK YOU

Thank you to our volunteers: Steffen, Pamela, Emily, Doug, Ray, Eli, Beatriz, Steven, Lillian, Larry, Shawn, Stacey, Francis, Brian, Rachel, Ashley, Melody, Fonse, Kate, Julissa, Johanna, Kelly, Soo Choon, Amanda, Trudy, Rachel, William, Jiwon, Brian, and John!

Thank you to the City of Richmond for facilitating this incredible opportunity for community members to be apart of!

Photo Albums from the day are found here: 1st Session & 2nd Session

Group Photos!

Highlights

  • In total 30 LMGT volunteers came out to remove 5 cubic meters of invasive Himalayan Blacberry
  • 17 people were introduced to Terra Nova Park and 19 people had never removed invasie Blackberry
  • Thank you to our in-kind sponsors who donated thank you gifts to our community: EarthRated dog poop bags, lip chap from Green Beaver, soap from Eartheasy, and West Coast Seeds.

Participant Quotes

I think the impact is great because helping preserve parks for the community is good. It feels nice helping to remove invasive species to save other plants and it is pretty easy to volunteer.

Removing invasive species was new for me, so it was an enjoyable experience to take and pull them out of the ground.

It’s very nice to get to hang out with friends in such a natural environment. Doing this volunteering makes me feel that I have been spending my time on something meaningful, I definitely want to volunteer more.

This program helps me understand how nice it is to do something that you know is helping nature. This was my first time volunteering and the experience has been great. I would love to volunteer more.

I enjoyed how the organizer stated the purpose of removing invasive plants and how she reiterated that small deeds count and play a fundamental role in contributing to a whole. This gave me a sense of accomplishment, under which I was able to help to sustain the environment.

Before and After

Volunteers in Action

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Rocky Point Park, October 24th 2020

Thank you to the City of Port Moody for your continued support! We’re looking forward to next time already!

The Lower Mainland Green team met on a chilly, beautiful Saturday morning at Rocky Point Park to remove an incredible amount of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry. The team demonstrated a great amount of leadership, and there were plenty of laughs, stories, and smiles the entire time!

THANK YOU

Thank you to our volunteers: Natasha, John, Alex, Yu-Xing, Doug, Suzie, Brian, Mia, Oleh, Francis, Alison, Elena, Tyrell, Danielle, Ben, Nathan, Natasha, Jasmine, Steven, Mon, Mary, Diana, Paul, Daniel, Anne Marie, Brian, Daniel, Danielle, and Aaron!

And a SPECIAL THANKS to Yu-Xing for his beautiful photos! You can find them featured below, as well as in the meetup photo albums.

A Photo Albums from the day are found here: 1st Session & 2nd Session!

Group Photos!

Highlights

  • In total 31 LGMT volunteers came out and removed 7 cubic meters of English Ivy and 1 cubic meter of Himalayan Blackberry. Our efforts totaled more than 62 volunteer hours!
  • 7 people were introduced to the park and 3 people had never removed invasive species before!
  • Thank you to our in-kind sponsors who donated thank you gifts to our community: EarthRated dog poop bags, eco-friendly soaps from Eartheasy, and West Coast Seeds.

Participant Quotes

I think that this program builds a sense of community. Everyone who attended was very kind and willing to help despite how cold it was outside. People really enjoyed going outside and helping the local environment.

I enjoyed the teamwork with a great bunch of people!

This program positively impacts natural parks and helps the community learn about the negative impacts of invasive plants on native species.

Before and After

Volunteers in Action

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Reg Franklin Park Oct 7th, 2020




Click here for PHOTOS from session 1 – 8.45am
Click here for PHOTOS from session 2 – 11.15am

Thank you

Awesome volunteers: Kai, Wayne, Dave, Adrien, Deacon, Audrey, Nya, Rylee, Josie, Christa, Evan, Malia, Riley, Kennedy, Liam, Jet, Kiera, Sophia, Cole, Chloe, Cadence, Audrey, Logan, Korben, Ocean, Quinn, Noah, Pepper, Mekina, Zahra, Nico, Kaeli, Rowan, Teagan, Liam, Daniel, Sarah, Sophie, Greta Wendy, and Karen. Your energy and good spirits made the event fly by, and with lots of smiles.

Thank you to the Alouette River Management Society for your continued support! Environmental stewardship is a collaborative effort and we depend on your support to further our mission.

Highlights

  • 41 LGMT volunteers came out and contributed 82 hours!
  • 1.5 cubic metres of Himalayan Blackberry was removed (250 square feet of Himalayan Blackberry)
  • Youth in grades 6-9 from Maple Ridge Environmental school participated. They were in their own class bubble so only a few students had masks on. We wore masks, physically distanced as well as sanitized tools and supplies. Implementing COVID safety measures and running safe activities is very important to us!
  • Teachers will be using this outdoor activity to show how math is used in the real world (e.g. measuring volume of blackberry removed and square feet area cleared)
  • There was a fun competition to see who dug up the biggest blackberry crown (root system)
  • 32 youth had never removed Himalayan Blackberry before
  • 18 had never been to Reg Franklin Park before
  • Thank you to our in-kind supporters who provided environmentally conscious gifts to our community: Green Beaver lip balm, and West Coast Seeds lettuce, beans, and vegetable seeds.

Himalayan Blackberry is an invasive species that out-competes low-growing native vegetation through shading and can spread rapidly to consume entire areas. To increase biodiversity, it is important to remove invasive plants as they are the second biggest threat to habitat.  Morse Creek runs through Reg Franklin Park and this riparian restoration work will help build more resilience to these nutrient-bearing waters which feed downstream to the lower reaches of salmon habitat

“It’s a wonderful example of non-profit and community collaboration.  With funding from the Pacific Salmon Foundation, we were able to connect with the Lower Mainland Green Teams awesome volunteer base to do good for the environment right here on Morse Creek

-Greta Borick-Cunningham, Executive Director, ARMS

The Alouette River Management Society, Maple Ridge Adopt-a-Block, and Green Teams Canada plan to offer another Himalayan Blackberry removal activity on Sunday November 8. We encourage Maple Ridge community members to join! To sign up CLICK:

Remove invasive blackberry at 9.45am at Reg Franklin Park

Remove invasive blackberry at 12.15pm at Reg Franklin Pa

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Volunteers in Action

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Rocky Point Park March 8 2020

Green Team at Rocky Point Park March 8 2020


CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

Thank you

City of Port Moody (Angela). Partnering with our charity has allowed community members to gain a sense of belonging , learn about how they can address climate change locally and make a tangible impact to their local park.

Awesome Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers:

Alex, Andrew, Angela, Ashley, Ava, Brian C, Brian G., Chelsea, Diana, Doug, Dylan, Ellen, Erik, Evan, Florence, Ganna, George, Glenda, Ievgen, Kathy, Luke, Meg, Mikyla, Oleh, Paul, Shelley, Steven, Sumika and Theresa (tree)

 Highlights 

  • 29 volunteers contributed 77 hours
  • 30.5 cubic meters of invasive Himalayan Blackberry, English Holly and English Ivy (which out compete with our native plant species) were removed
  • We cleared the area of garbage (we found a lot of balls from the dog park)
  • 5 of the 29 volunteers visited Rocky Point Park for the first time
  • 8 volunteers removed invasive plants for the very first time!
  • Most volunteers came from Port Moody. They also came from Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Burnaby and Vancouver
  • One volunteer rode his bicycle from Burnaby
  • Future forestry student (Alex) who starts her new program this fall 2020, from Heritage Woods Secondary measured our invasive plant pile at the end! Great field experience
  • We had two Tri-Cities teachers
  • One volunteer planned to create a lamp with some of English Ivy vine he pulled out
  • The organizer walked a total of 15,000 steps (9 kms) supervising both volunter sites
  • Volunteers educated passerbys about the importance of the work we were doing
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op, Green Beaver (lip balms), West Coast Seeds provided environmental friendlier, socially conscious, natural and organic products to volunteers
  • Yummy home made English Ivy shaped sugar cookies were happily eaten up

What Volunteers Said

“I felt the impact was bringing people together. Helping nature come back ” – Kathy L.
 “I enjoyed meeting new people, chatting with others I have met over the years. Seeing how we all made such an impact on the areas we cleaned up” – Glenda S. “It was a very refreshing and new experience to me. I feel that this program would have a great amount of environmental impact on the state of the climate and the park. ” – Chelsea L.

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Routley Park Nov 24 2019

Thank you

Township of Langley (Eric). Partnering with our charity Green Teams of Canada allowed youth to make an impact on their local park and educated them about how climate change impacts them locally.

Amazing Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers:

Amasha, Amy, Bahar, Brandon, Brayden, Brian, David, Dianna, Emily, Emma, Evan, Hazam, Irene, Judith, Julia, kylee, Laura, Lauren P., Lauren K., Leslie, Lily, Logan, Melika, Micol, Nan, Pamela, Pooja, Qicheng, Sophia, Tunc, Vienna, William and 2 more volunteers (didn’t get their names)

 
Highlights
 
  • 34 volunteers contributed 95 hours
  • 16 cubic meters of invasive Himalayan Blackberry and Evergreen Blackberry (which out compete with our native plant species) was removed, mostly root crowns.
  • 16 of the 34 volunteers visited Routley park for the first time
  • 28 volunteers removed invasive plants for the very first time!
  • R.E Mountain Secondary School Sustainability Group participated (thank you George for making this happen!)
  • Students from SFU’s business program participated
  • Students competed to see who could dig up the biggest invasive blackberry root crown. We couldn’t decide between the longest and the largest, so two groups of students won!
  • Yummy home made tree shaped sugar cookies were happily eaten up

What Volunteers Said

“I felt as though the impact was very strong and it brought a sense of collaborative work and bringing the community together. ” – Emily V.
 
“personally, this gave me a feeling of involvement i wouldn’t have otherwise gotten had i not been presented with this opportunity. i also got to work hard and it really paid off seeing the end result of the work we all put in today. this program allows for a well organized and fun way to get outside and do something good, which makes me feel good as well. ”– Kylee K.
 
“What I enjoyed most was getting to spend time with my friends and helping the local environment. ”– Lauren K.
 
“I thought the impact was cleaning up our community space” Lily X.

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

Before and After Photos Sept - Nov 2019

We ran our first activity at Routley Park on Sept 14th 2019, our second activity on Oct 23, our third activity on Nov 6th and the last one on Nov 24th. These before and after photos show the transformation over those 4 activities! We engaged 133 community members (mostly youth from Peter Ewart Middle School, R.E. Mountain Secondary, Langley Secondary and Brookswood Secondary) over the 4 activities and removed 44.5 cubic metres of invasive plants. Pretty darn awesome!!

Rocky Point Park Nov 16 2019

Thank you

City of Port Moody (Angela). Partnering with our charity made this activity possible and gave community members the opportunity to learn about how climate change impacts local parks and what they can do about it!

Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers:

Alex, Anna, Art, Ashley, Brian J., Brian G., Diana, Doug, Eric, Eunice, Florence, Francis, Glenda, Jesse, Jungyoon , Karen, Kristin, Kste, Michelle, Ophelia, Pamela S., Pam, Suzie and Taegwon

 
Highlights
 
  • 24 volunteers came out in the rain (it rained the whole time!) and contributed 70 hours. What troopers!
  • 15 cubic meters of invasive Himalayan Blackberry, English Ivy and English Holly was removed!
  • 2 frizbees, 3 tennis balls, 5 bottles, several cans and a transformer (more than meets the eye!) was found on the site and removed
  • 7 of the 24 volunteers visited Rocky Point park for the first time
  • 8 volunteers removed invasive plants for the very first time
  • 3 volunteers rode their bicycles to this activity
  • Students from three schools participated: Heritage Woods Secondary, Pine Tree Secondary and Gleneagle
  • We had a who can get the muddiest contest. Congrats on winning that t-shirt Michelle!
  • Yummy home made invasive plant shaped sugar cookies were gobbled up

What Volunteers Said

 
“This was an invigorating, inclusive , physically challenging at times , extremely well coordinated , welcoming , earth / outdoors connecting , superbly satisfying event !! Can’t wait for the next meet up with Lower Mainland Green Team !!!
Thank you to Lyda and her superb leadership and photography for this event!! Home made cookies for a treat as well !! We were very fortunate to have a truly positive, kind hearted leader !
” – Michelle
 
“I really enjoyed seeing how much of invasive plants we cleared out and how the native plants and trees “sang” their thank you to all of us awesome volunteers !” – Glenda
 
I felt like I was making a positive impact in my environment and making it a better place for our native trees and shrubs”– Suzy
 
I felt the impact of the program was restoring the natural environment ”– Ophelia
 

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

Routley Park Nov 6 2019

Thank you

Township of Langley (Eric). Partnering with our charity made this activity possible and gave youth the opportunity to learn about how climate change impacts local parks and what they can do about it!

 

Amazing Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers:

 

Adelina, Aryan, Ashley, Ava, Brea, Breanna, Brianna, Chantal, Christina, Connor, Danielle, Dean, Eden, Elta, Emma S., Emma D., Eugene, Fraser, Hayley, Jesse, Jessica, Kaden, Kai, Keelie, Keith, Louiss, Luck, Maddie, Marti, Mason, Matthew, Mia, Nathan, Owen, Reese, Robin, Sabrina, Sammy, Stephanie, Thomas, Tiana, Travis

 
Dorian, Alyssa and Carmen, your students were great!
 
Special thanks to Miki and Doug for helping supervise!
 
 
Highlights
 
  • 47 volunteers contributed 117 hours
  • 22 cubic meters of invasive Himalayan Blackberry, Evergreen Blackberry and Morning Glory was removed! Whoa, that’s a lot.
  • 41 of the 47 volunteers visited Routley park for the first time
  • 41 volunteers removed invasive plants for the very first time!
  • Langley Secondary School participated
  • Brookswood Secondary School participated
  • One volunteer came because her daughter volunteers with the Greater Victoria Green Team!
  • Noticed a sweet moment between a teen and a ladybug (they were carefully moving it away from the work site)
  • Yummy home made invasive plant shaped sugar cookies were gobbled up

 

What Volunteers Said

 

“The before and after pictures speak volumes for the change a group of volunteers can make quite quickly. But beyond the actual physical work I was also encouraged listening to the high school students speaking about their experiences. Most had no idea about how quickly the plants grew and spread that they crowded out native species. They also felt very accomplished when they saw the impact their group had on the park. This experience was way more meaningful to them that just reading about it. So I think you now have 40 young people that will look at their natural surroundings differently and take extra care of the environment. ” – Louise
 
“I enjoyed being able to remove invasive species like blackberries and morning glories and digging out a bunch of roots”– Ashley
 
“I felt the impact of this program was to get kids away from screens and help the environment”– Carmen
 
“I felt the impact of this program was to help the environment become stronger, and fight whatever is against it. Very fun experience. Loved working as a team to make us more involved, and feel good.” Eden

Ruth Johnson Park Nov 2 2019

Thank you

City of White Rock (Steve, Vania, Sarah, Spencer and Ralph). Partnering with our charity made this activity possible and gave community members the opportunity to take care of a park and build a sense of community !

 

Amazing Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers:

 

Angelina, Bill, Check Ying, Chris, Diana, Ellie, Freya, Isabella, Jackson, Jaja, Jamie, Jennifer, Jill, Katarina, Katherine, Khali, Lara, Laura, Lexi, Louise, Luca, Lucy, Malik, Narinder, Pamela, Phi Yu, Sam, Size Wai, Stephanie, Suzie, Tatjana, Toini, Una, Wren, Zoey

 
Shawn for doing an excellent planting demonstration!
 
Highlights
 
  • 36 volunteers contributed 66 hours
  • 175 trees were planted (e.g. pine, Western Hemlock, Grand Fir,  Western Red Cedar)
  • 4.5 cubic meters of invasive English Ivy was removed
  • Saved over a dozen trees from being choked out by English Ivy
  • 20 of the 36 volunteers visited Ruth Johnson park for the first time
  • 25 volunteers planted native trees for the first time
  • Some of trees got named. Some names were: Elsa (because the tree is going to make it through winter, like Elsa from Frozen!), Eight and Treely
  • 22 volunteers removed invasive plants for the first time
  • Local brownies and Girl Guides participated
  • There was a wide range of ages from older retired volunteers to 3 year olds and every age in between!
  • Yummy home made tree-shaped sugar cookies were gobbled up

What Volunteers Said

 

“I hadn’t realized how impactful it could be for the young kids. I assumed it would be mostly adults, but was pleasantly surprised by how involved the brownies, girl guides there were. For me, and my first event with the Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT) it made a positive impact as I got some exercise, met new people, practiced planting on a slope, and feel like it made a tangible difference to the park area. I worked with a smile on my face and left with one too” – Jennifer
 
“So fun! Amazing what was accomplished in a short time! We were lucky to have perfect weather. It’s a privilege to work in such a gorgeous setting. Getting close to nature is a great change from screens. This is really valuable work as our forests are vital to the health of the planet. We’ll be sure to check back to see how all the young trees do. This helps build community spirit as well.”– Jill
 
“People get much needed connection with nature, and fulfilment from making a difference in protecting it. And the feeling is a lasting one, like facts we learn about invasive species. On top of that, we get a kick-ass exercise and sense of belonging to a community of likeminded people.”– Tatjana
 
“I enjoyed feeling like I’ve done something good, the end result is very satisfying.” Stephanie
 
“Loved planting trees and found pulling the ivy satisfying” Freya

Volunteers in action & before/after photos

Gates Park Oct 30 2019

THANK YOU

City of Port Coquitlam (Scott and Mike) for partnering with Green Teams of Canada to make this activity possible!

École Riverside Secondary students for removing a large amount of invasive English Ivy and Himalayam Blackberry:  

Aaron, Aminat, Andrea, Ann-Marie, Anna, Ava, Ben, Brian, Caitlyn, Daniel L., Daniel M., Denise, Dustin, Gustavo, Hamza, Jake, Jenna, Jennavie, Jessica, Kate, Keira, Kelly, Marcus, Matej, Megan, Miguel, Paige, Quinton, Rachel, Reanne, Samuel, Sheri, Wyatt and Xavier

Green Teams of Canada advisor and volunteer extraordinaire Doug

Highlights

  • This was our first activity in Port Coquitlam. We now officially run activities in tri-cities (Port Moody, Coquitlam and now Port Coquitlam) and are so impressed by the leadership they are showing in addressing climate change!
  • 35 volunteers contributed 84 hours
  • 6 cubic meters of invasive English Ivy, and Himalayan Blackberry canes and root crowns removed
  • Saved over a dozen trees from being choked out by English Ivy
  • 6 volunteers visited Gates Park for the first time
  • 32 volunteers removed invasive plants for the first time
  • The teachers talked about how valuable this hands-on outdoor experience was for their students. They got to work together as a team, learn about how climate change impacts them locally and make a tangible impact
  • Students made a really fun rap song about removing invasive plants
  • Yummy English Ivy shaped sugar cookies were demolished

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Gates Park Oct 30th INSTAGRAM  (Himalayan Blackberry rap song & more photos)

Rocky Point Park Oct 26 2019

Thank you:

City of Port Moody (Angela and social media staff!) for partnering with Green Teams of Canada to make this activity possible!

Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers for removing an incredible amount of invasive English Ivy, English Holly and Himalayam Blackberry:  

Alex, Avery, Bodhi, Brian C. , Brian J., Coralie, Desmond, Diana, Doug, Eng Hwz, Evan, Florence, Francis, Glenda, Hailey, Jasmine, Jim, Julia, Kathleen, Maïlys, Mary, Masa, Matthias, Melanie, Mike, Miles, Monica, Nicole, Paul, Ruby, Victoria, Victoria, William

Highlights

  • 33 volunteers contributed 104 hours
  • 40 cubic meters of invasive English Ivy, English Holly and Himalayan Blackberry removed
  • Saved dozens of trees from being choked out by English Ivy
  • 7 volunteers visited Rocky Point Park for the first time
  • 18 volunteers removed invasive plants for the first time
  • Students from THREE local schools participated. Heritage Woods Secondary School, Port Moody Secondary and Gleneagle Secondary (TALONs)
  • Many locals thanked us for our hard work, and even asked when we would be back next because they want to join us (we will be back Nov 16!)
  • Melanie, one of our volunteers, created an instagram story for us
  • Jim brought two saws to help us take down invasive Holly trees
  • We ate English Ivy shaped sugar cookies (yum)

Instagram Story

Rocky Point Park 26 Oct 2019 story (videos, more photos)

What volunteers said

“I enjoyed helping the environment and our native plants by removing invasive species. And even though I showed up not knowing anyone, I still had a really good time and met lots of new people. I feel like this program help preserve the beauty of our parks and natural lands. We are protecting native species from being over run by invasives, and preserving the overall diversity of the ecosystem.”  – Alex

“I enjoyed seeing the huge pile of ivy and other plants we had torn out at the end of the day. It was also really fun to hang out with my classmates while doing good. I feel the impact of this program is very important to maintain bio diversity in forests. You help save native species by removing the overpowering invasive ones. This can save many important plants such as trees.” – Hailey

” I enjoyed learning about the invasive species and understand all benefits of what we are doing” – Coralie

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS