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Pit House Park, Colwood, November 27, 2021

The Greater Victoria Green Team engaged 38 community members at Pit House Park in Colwood. We removed Scotch broom and Himalayan blackberry from this apple orchard that abuts the Esquimalt Lagoon, an important migratory bird sanctuary in this region. The invasive species have been crowding and shading out the native wildflowers and shrubs. Himalayan blackberry can produce 8,000 seeds per square metre, and Scotch broom can produce 30,000 seeds per plant. The seeds can live up to 30 years in the seed bank! By removing the invasive plants, we are helping the native vegetation regenerate. A special thank you to Gord Beauvillier, the Foreman of Parks who helped coordinate this activity. THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: David, Roy, Richard, Lori, Sara, Artem, Olga, Judy, Rachel, Leslie, Amy, Remi, Kaia, Bill, Melissa, Tristan, Jade, Leo, Jason, Chloe, Pam, Grace, Rosana, Gia, Mieka, Emma, Ine, Sophie, Charlotte, Martina, Ernancy, Hannah, Brighten,

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Cunningham Woods, University of Victoria, November 20, 2021

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a community and environmental activity at Cunningham Woods on The University of Victoria Campus in Saanich. We removed English holly, English ivy, Thistle, Himalayan blackberry, and Spurge-Laurel daphne from this forest. These invasive species have been limiting the ability of native trees to reproduce within the forest. By removing around twenty, two to four metre tall English holly shrubs, we created light gaps that can be used by native trees when they are planted in the new year! After the Greater Victoria Green Team’s four events in Cunningham Woods throughout 2021, this forest is able to support more native biodiversity. Next year, the University Campus Planning and Sustainability Office will be organizing tree planting within the forest to increase the density of native trees in this forest. A special thank you to Mike Wilson, the Director of the Campus Planning and Sustainability Office who helped coordinate this

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Perimeter Park November 13 2021

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a community and environmental activity at Perimeter Park in Colwood. We removed Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom from this meadow that looks out onto the Salish Sea. Without intervention, these invasive species would take over and limit the amount of native wildflowers and shrubs that bloom in the spring time. Thanks to years of intervention by the Greater Victoria Green Team, this park is supporting more native biodiversity and is helping native species adapt to climate change by reducing competition and allowing space for them to migrate. A special thank you to Gord Beauvillier, the Foreman of Parks at the City of Colwood who helped coordinate this activity. THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Axl, Artem, Olga, Kerry, Fletcher, Audrey, Tristan M, Tristan N, Chloe, Carmina, Rosana, Mieka, Judy, Lori, Allan, Ashton and Councillor Gordie Logan! Thank-you very much to the City of

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Roberts Bay Park, Sidney November 6 2021

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a community and environmental activity at Roberts Bay Park in Sidney. We removed English ivy from old cedar trees that flank the park. Without intervention, these invasive species would choke these trees and eventually cause them to die off. Thanks to years of intervention by the Greater Victoria Green Team, this park is supporting more native biodiversity. For example, the Nootka Rose and Snowberry bushes have grown much bigger with less competition from ivy since the last Greater Victoria Green Team Activity in 2019. A special thank you to Cliff Halliday, Parks Foreman at the Town of Sidney who helped coordinate and supervise this activity. THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Jade, Artem, Olga, Pieta, Karen, Marianne, Chris, Tatyana, Ilka, Kai, Julian, Richard, Helena, Amanda, Raiya and Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith! Thank-you very much to the Town of Sidney for partnering with us and

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Portage Park November 5 2021

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a youth activity at Portage Park in View Royal. We planted about 25 Douglas-fir saplings in areas where Shoreline students had removed invasive species in previous years and we removed English ivy from this lovely forest! Without intervention, these invasive species would shade out native species, choke the trees and greatly reduce biodiversity. Thanks to years of intervention by students Shoreline Middle School and the Greater Victoria Green Team, this park is supporting more native biodiversity. A special thanks to Chris Junck, the Restoration Specialist with the Parks and Recreation Department at the Town of View Royal who helped organize and supervise the activity. THANK YOU Thank-you to all of the Students and Teachers from Shoreline Middle School for participating! Thank-you very much to the Town of View Royal for partnering with us and contributing to our Green Team activities and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community

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Portage Park November 3 2021

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a youth activity at Portage Park in View Royal. We removed English ivy and a few holly and daphne shrubs from this lovely forest! Without intervention, these invasive species would shade out native species, choke the trees and greatly reduce biodiversity. Thanks to years of intervention by students Shoreline Middle School and the Greater Victoria Green Team, this park is supporting more native biodiversity. A special thanks to Chris Junck, the Restoration Specialist with the Parks and Recreation Department at the Town of View Royal who helped organize and supervise the activity. THANK YOU Thank-you to all of the Students and Teachers from Shoreline Middle School for participating! Thank-you very much to the Town of View Royal for partnering with us and contributing to our Green Team activities and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological restoration! Group Photos! PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS

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Knockan Hill October 30th 2021

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a community and environmental activity at Knockan Hill Park in View Royal. We removed Spurge-Laurel daphne, English ivy and Himalayan blackberry! Without intervention, these invasive species would shade out native species and greatly reduce biodiversity. Thanks to years of intervention by The Friends of Knockan Hill and the Greater Victoria Green Team, this park is supporting more native biodiversity. A special thank you to Chris Junck, the Restoration Specialist with the Parks and Recreation Department at the Town of View Royal. THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Jade, Artem, Olga, Judy, Jack, Tristan, Sara, Chloe, Liz, Richard, Eden, Simon, Bob, Connor, Evie, Nancy, Laura, Sharon, Joan, Doris! Thank-you very much to the Town of View Royal for partnering with us and contributing to our Green Team activities and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological restoration! Group Photo! PHOTO

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Garry Oak Meadow Park October 23 2021

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a community and environmental activity at Garry Oak Meadow Park in View Royal. We removed Spurge-Laurel daphne, English ivy, Himalayan blackberry and English holly! Without intervention, these invasive species would shade out native species and reduce biodiversity. Thanks to years of intervention by parks staff, resident groups and the Greater Victoria Green Team, this park is supporting more native biodiversity. A special thank you to Chris Junck, the Restoration Specialist with the Parks and Recreation Department at the Town of View Royal. THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Jennifer, Prateek, Kai, Bruce, Genevieve, Una, Francesca, Chloe, Diana, Gabriel, Tristan N, Tristan M, Julien, Rosana, Mieka, Paul, Simon, Robbie, Julian and Nick! Thank-you very much to the Town of View Royal for partnering with us and contributing to our Green Team activities and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological

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Melville Park, Sidney, October 16th, 2021

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a community and environmental activity at Melville Park in Sidney. We planted Douglas-fir, Western Hemlock, Western Red Cedar and Big-leaf Maple trees! This tree planting effort will increase available habitat for multiple species, create more shade, capture carbon, provide more oxygen and beautify the surrounding community. A special thank you to Cliff Halliday the Parks Supervisor who helped organize the activity and to Mike who brought us the trees and helped supervise the activity. THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Ronin, Nellie, Sika, Seamus, Tara, Lyda, Richard, Ray, Chloe, Olivia, Tristan N., Tristan M., Jack, Chad, Karen, Alex, Carmina, Emily, Connor, and Kai! Thank-you very much to the Town of Sidney for partnering with us and contributing to our Green Team activities and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological restoration! Group Photo! PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS

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Mystic Vale October 14th 2021

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a community and environmental activity at Mystic Vale, on Uvic Campus in Saanich. We removed invasive English ivy and English holly. Without intervention, many of the trees and shrubs in this forest would be smothered by the ivy. Thankfully, the GVGT community and years of Uvic Staff involvement prior to our GVGT activities, have been helping to save the native species! A very special thank you to Mike Wilson, Director of the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability as well as Nancy Shakleford, the Restoration of Natural Systems Director & Assistant Professor. THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Peter, Sophie, Sean, Ann, Annika, Jerry, Nick, Maja, Colin, Dianne, Jennifer, Denise, Nelson and Roy! Thank-you very much to the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability for partnering with us and contributing to our Green Team activities and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in

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