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Youth Activity! Invasive Species Removal & Native Tree Planting at Portage Park, View Royal, on November 29 2022

Youth Activity! Invasive Species Removal & Native Tree Planting at Portage Park, View Royal, on November 29 2022 Highlights Thank you to the Town of View Royal for partnering with us! Their support made this activity possible. Together, we are improving the health of local ecosystems and communities! Before & After Photos On Tuesday November 29, 2022, the Greater Victoria Green Team and the Town of View Royal partnered up to host a youth activity for Craigflower Elementary School! 40 students, teachers, parent volunteers and community member volunteers spent a fun day removing invasive English Ivy from Portage Park. They also helped plant 37 native trees and shrubs: Douglas fir, Grand fir, June plum, Saskatoon berry, Oceanspray, and mock orange. Their efforts have helped revitalize the habitat in this local park, and the students learned a lot about invasive species, identifying different plants, and the importance of environmental stewardship. By

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Invasive Species Removal at Patricia Bay Park, North Saanich, November 26, 2022

Invasive Species Removal at Patricia Bay Park, North Saanich – November 26, 2022 Highlights 13 community members of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels joined us, including 5 students from North Saanich and Saanich schools. 37 volunteer hours in total were contributed to the conservation efforts of this park! Thank you so much for your hard work and for making this day amazing: Maddy, Erika, Kaden, Josie, Yuki, Chloe, Elizabeth, Kiersten, Chinmanus, Siyun, Vashirasak, and Peter! 3.5 cubic metres of invasive species were removed! Species removed included Himalayan Blackberry! An area of 100 metres squared had invasive plants removed from it and was revitalized thanks to the hard work of our Green Team 9 participants visited Patricia Bay Park for the first time 1 participant removed invasive plants for the first time Thank you to the District of North Saanich for partnering with us! Their support made this activity possible,

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Invasive Species Removal at UVic Queenswood Campus – November 19, 2022

Invasive Species Removal at UVic Queenswood Campus – November 19, 2022 Highlights 39 community members of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels joined us and contributed 121 volunteer hours total Thank you so much for your hard work and for making this day amazing: Ainsley, Ella, Kayvan, Serena, Sabrina, Santana, Alison, Luc, Joey, Leah, Michelangelo, Haruki, Finn, Khoi, Kaylee, Annarose, Peace, Denise, Sue, Heeba, Koharu, Karen, Blythe, Konosuke, Janet, Josie, Léa, Sasha, Elisa, Lee, Elizabeth, Kiersten, Kai, Clarisse, Will, Melissa, Kaden, and Jeannette! 22 cubic metres of invasive species were removed! Species removed included English Ivy, English Holly, and Daphne! An area of 600 metres squared had invasive plants removed from it and was revitalized thanks to the hard work of our Green Team Volunteers also filled 2 garbage bags with litter they removed from the forest! 21 participants visited Queenswood Campus for the first time 17 participants removed invasive

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Youth Activity! Invasive Species Removal at Sue Mar Park, Colwood, on November 17 2022

Youth Activity! Invasive Species Removal at Sue Mar Park, Colwood, on November 17 2022 Highlights 80 students, 6 teachers & 2 parent volunteers from Wishart Elementary School, and 1 community member, joined us and contributed 110 volunteer hours in total! Thank you so much for your hard work and for making this day amazing: Ms. Bevan’s Grade 3/4 class, Ms. Walkey’s Grade 3/4 class, Ms. Brown’s Grade 4/5 class, Ms. Beeston’s Grade 4/5 class, the student teachers, all the parent volunteers, and Becca! 7.6 cubic metres of invasive species were removed! Species removed included English Ivy and Scotch Broom! Approximately 68 litres of litter was removed from the forest! An area of 150 metres squared had invasive plants and garbage removed from it and was revitalized thanks to the hard work of the Wishart Elementary students! Thank you to the City of Colwood for partnering with us! Their support made

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Invasive Species Removal at Peter Grant Park, Sidney – November 13, 2022

Invasive Species Removal at Peter Grant Park, Sidney – November 13, 2022 Highlights 12 community members of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels joined us and contributed 33 volunteer hours total Thank you so much for your hard work and for making this day amazing: Brian, Finn, Khoi, Chin, Siyun, Chloe, Josie, Naohiro, Vashirasak, Yuki, Ignacio, and Miyamoto Extra special thank you to Clay from Town of Sidney for helping out! Extra extra special thank you to Ashton, the Lower Mainland Green Team program manager, for guest hosting the activity! 4 cubic metres of invasive species were removed! Species removed included English Ivy and Daphne! An area of 175 metres squared had invasive plants removed from it and was revitalized thanks to the hard work of our Green Team 10 participants visited Peter Grant Park for the first time 8 participants removed invasive plants for the first time This activity

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Invasive Species Removal at Cuthbert Holmes Park, Saanich, November 12 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 33 community members at Cuthbert Holmes Park in Saanich! We contributed to some incredible restoration work that the Saanich Pulling Together volunteer group has been working on for quite a long time. We introduced many new people to this park and to invasive species removal and spent time learning about and caring for the land. We primarily removed English Ivy, and a small amount of Daphne and English holly. These invasive species have been crowding out the native plants in this forest, and harming the natural ecosystem in the process. We worked carefully to remove ivy from several trees as well as from the forest floor. It is important to remove ivy from trees as it competes for resources as it grows up the trunk and can kill a tree in as little as ten years. Removing ivy from the ground

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Invasive Species Removal & Native Tree / Shrub Planting at Burnside-Watkiss Park, View Royal, November 5 2022!

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 15 community members from all over the Greater Victoria region to remove invasive Daphne, Himalayan Blackberry, and English Ivy. Additionally, we planted Mock Orange, Saskatoon Berry, Grand Fir trees, and Douglas Fir Trees throughout Burnside-Watkiss Park! Invasive species have been crowding and shading out the native understory and threatening the trees growing in this beautiful Garry Oak forest. This unique park has, as we were shown on Saturday, contains many incredible oak trees and is one of few remaining Garry Oak ecosystems in the region. We saw one of the oldest and largest Garry Oaks in View Royal as we explored this park. The View Royal Parks group has been working in this park for many years and have succeeded in removing many invasive species from a large portion of this park. We joined forces to continue this important work and

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Youth Activity! Invasive Species Removal at Aldersmith Park, View Royal, on November 2 2022

Youth Activity! Invasive Species Removal at Aldersmith Park, View Royal, on November 2 2022 Highlights 76 students, 4 teachers and 8 parent volunteers from Eagle View Elementary School joined us and contributed 121 volunteer hours total Thank you so much for your hard work and for making this day amazing: Mr. Rutherford’s Grade 4/5 class, Mr. Nast’s Grade 4/5 class, Ms. Brain’s Grade 4/5 class, Ms. Dann’s Grade 1 class, and all the parent volunteers! 5.5 cubic metres of invasive species were removed! Species removed included Himalayan Blackberry, English Ivy, and a bit of English Holly! An area of 50 metres squared had invasive plants removed from it and was revitalized thanks to the hard work of the Eagle View Elementary students! Thank you to the Town of View Royal for partnering with us! Their support made this activity possible. Extra thank you to Chris, View Royal’s habitat restoration coordinator,

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TD Tree Days at Nursery Hill Park, View Royal – October 29, 2022

TD Tree Days at Nursery Hill Park, View Royal – October 29, 2022 Highlights 46 community members of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels joined us and contributed 175 volunteer hours total Thank you so much for your hard work and for making this day amazing: Dennie, Danielle, Bruce, Kshrey, Jason, Ellery, Barbara, Andrew, Wes, Calan, Kurtis, Everett, Angie, Jeff, Jessica, Leona, Yineth, Ian, Laura, Melissa, James, Mike, Devin, Becca, Tyler, Agnes Jane, Morgan, Noel, Janet, Rhianedd, Shaun, Chenxi, Sam, Chloe, Naohiro, Lee, Wanda, Maggie, Nancy & Lisa! Our Green Team brought together community members from across Greater Victoria, as well as TD employees! 12 cubic metres of invasive species were removed! Species removed included Scotch broom, Daphne, English Holly, and English Ivy among others! 282 native trees & shrubs were planted along with 110 native wildflowers! Species planted include Garry oak,, Douglas-fir, grand fir, arbutus, mock orange, oceanspray, red-flowering

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Removing Invasive Himalayan Blackberry at Patricia Bay Park, North Saanich, October 23 2022

Removing Invasive Himalayan Blackberry at Patricia Bay Park, North Saanich, October 23 2022 The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 5 community members at Patricia Bay Park in North Saanich to remove invasive species in the very first restoration activity at this site. Though we had a small group this day, we accomplished a lot! We will be back, continuing our progress, in this park on Saturday, November 26th from 9:45 to 1pm. We hope to continue to engage local community members and continue our work throughout, removing more and more blackberry to help contribute to the revitalization of this beautiful ocean-side park. Plant species like Himalayan Blackberry crowd banks and undergrowth, making it impossible for new plants to grow. They also create higher risk of flood and erosion when they grow on hills and river banks. As such, we spent time removing these invasive plants in order

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