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Ruby Creek October 19, 2019

The Greater Victoria Green Team partnered with the Habitat Acquisition Trust with help from CRD Parks for the Ruby Creek native species planting day! Together, 37 volunteers participated and planted 190 native trees and shrubs along Ruby Creek adjacent to Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park.

Thank-you to everyone for participating: Amina, Amy, Andre, Anna, Ben, Breila, Brian, Celeste, Chris, Connor, Cynthia, Devon, Diana, Elizabeth, Jade, James, John, Josie, Judy, Kaitlyn, Kara, Karyn, Kathy, Kyle, Margaret, Marjorie, Nicole, Richard, Robert, Robyn (and her two lil ones, Grace and Josiah), Selby, Simon, Stephane and Timothy!

Thank you very much to the Habitat Acquisition Trust for partnering with us and supporting community engagement and ecological restoration in the region!

Find out about the Habitat Acquisition Trust HERE

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • In total, 37 volunteers participated and contributed 180 volunteer hours (15 GVGT volunteers participated and contributed 72.5 GVGT volunteer hours)
  • We introduced 31 volunteers to Ruby Creek!
  • We introduced 14 volunteers to planting native trees/shrubs!
  • We planted 190 native trees/shrubs including Red-flowering current, June Plum (prev. known as Indian plum), Oregon-grape, Baldhip Rose, and more!
  • We removed 10 cubic metres of invasive plants including Daphne, Himalayan Blackberry and Holly!
  • This was our 3rd time helping with the Ruby Creek project. Previous reports here:

What people said about their experience

Impact on participants: making a difference in a very tactile way, supporting local groups, doing our part for the environment.
Impact of environment: Expanding the connection between place and people, engendering a sense of connection to and responsibility for our world.

Beyond the direct and obvious positive impact of the land being restored, the other great impact is on the volunteers by taking them out of their house and city and connecting them back to Mother Nature.

Volunteers in Action

Portage Park TD Tree Days October 6, 2019

The Greater Victoria Green Team co-organized a big tree and shrub planting day as part of TD Tree Days supported by TD Friends of the Environment! In total 150 native plants were planted by almost 41 volunteers including family, friends and local residents!

Thank-you to everyone for participating: All of the TD employees and friends and the GV Green Team volunteers: Ayumi, Basil, Christopher, Damaris, Dima, Emily, Kyle, Helena, Peter, Richard, Timothy and Zitian

Thank you very much to Ellie and Daniel from TD who helped organize the event, brought all the delicious refreshments and were awesome to partner with!

Thank you very much to TD FEF and TD Tree Days for supporting the Green Team efforts to engage community in the care of local habitat! Thank you to the also to the View Royal Parks staff and contractor for assisting before and after the event!

Find out about TD Friends of the Environment here and TD Tree Days here!

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank-you gifts to our volunteers: LUSH Cosmetics!

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 40 volunteers participated and contributed 96 volunteer hours!
  • 35 volunteers had never been to Portage Park before!
  • 27 volunteers had never removed planted native trees/shrubs before!
  • We planted 150 native trees and shrubs!
  • We removed 3 cubic metre of invasive plants too!

What people said about their experience

Getting outdoors and doing something good for the environment

Great family event for a great cause.

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Volunteers in Action

Some of the plants and areas we planted

Brookes Westshore October 2, 2019

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a youth-focused, hands-on educational activity along Colwood Creek beside Brookes Westshore School. Students of Brookes spent the morning helping restore the riparian habitat by removing invasive plants – mostly Daphne!

Thank-you to everyone for participating: students and teachers from Brookes Westshore, plus Dani and Judy for attending and helping extra!

Thank you very much to Brookes Westshore for partnering with the Green Teams! Your support makes it possible to organize these activities!

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 44 volunteers participated (including 42 students and teachers!) and contributed 56 volunteer hours
  • 21 volunteers had never removed invasive plants before!
  • We removed 6 cubic metres of invasive plants!
  • We removed the daphne from an area measuring about 250 square metres!

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Volunteers in Action

Knockan Hill Park September 29, 2019

The Greater Victoria Green Team with support from the Town of View Royal and Volunteer View Royal co-organized an invasive plant removal volunteer event in Knockan Hill Park!

Thank-you to everyone for participating: Ahnaf, Alyssa, Bob, Chris, Christina, Connie, Deanna, Doris, Emily, Evie, Helena, Henry, Jaxon, Jo, Joan, John, Laura, Rayne, Samuel, Sharon, Simon, Siobhan, Spence, Stephanie, Steve and Yashar.

Thank you very much to the Town of View Royal for partnering with the Green Teams and supporting efforts to engage community in the care of local habitat! Thank you very much to Chris Junck for helping coordinate restoration efforts in View Royal!

Find out about other Habitat Volunteer Activities in View Royal by clicking the link.

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank-you gifts to our volunteers: LUSH Cosmetics, and Earth Rated dog poop bags!

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 26 volunteers participated and contributed 72 volunteer hours!
  • 13 volunteers had never been to Knockan Hill Park before!
  • 12 volunteers had never removed Daphne before!
  • We removed 12 cubic metres of invasive plants like Daphne and Blackberry.
  • The majority of the volunteers came from Saanich (12), and the rest came from Victoria (6), View Royal (3), Esquimalt (2), Oakbay (2) and 1 from Lanford.

What people said about their experience

As a founding member of Friends of Knockan Hill Park Society, I have organised many invasive species removal is, and we have only been able to get a few people. So this was amazing to see so many people working to preserve this beautiful sanctuary. It is really a tribute to the Green Teams Organisation. Thank you so much!

I felt it was a lot of fun! Hard work definitely, but it was rewarding to see the progress made.

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UVic Mystic Vale September 14, 2019

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a environmental volunteer activity in UVic’s Mystic Vale Woods with over 20 participants. Lots of UVic students attended, plus local community members!

Thank-you to everyone for participating: Alexandra, Bev, Cassandra, Elizabeth, Hannah, Jackson, Jessica, Josie, Julian Kris, Martin, Michael, Miream, Olivia, Richard, Rory, Sashini, Tracy, Xiangyu, Yan, Yangruirui and Yvan

Thank you very much to the University of Victoria Sustainability and Campus Planning Department for partnering with the Green Teams!

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank-you gifts to our volunteers: LUSH for providing Bath Bombs to our volunteers

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 23 volunteers participated and contributed 83 volunteer hours
  • 14 volunteers had never been to Mystic Vale before!
  • 17 volunteers had never removed English Ivy before!
  • 12 volunteers were UVic students!
  • We removed 7 cubic metres of English Ivy!
  • We cleared an area of habitat approx. 200 square metres
  • Volunteers came from Saanich (6), Victoria (7), Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Highlands, Langford and Mission!

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Volunteers in Action

Anderson Hill Park July 6 2019

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a community engagement activity at Anderson Hill Park in Oak Bay. We removed about 10 cubic metres of invasive plants like English Ivy, Daphne and Blackberry from the understory of the Garry Oak habitat! This will help bring back a diversity of native plants!

Thank-you to everyone for participating: Adil, Andre, Barbara, Brendan, Connie, Dasol, Evelyn, Frances, Jacqui, Kit, Michael, Sally, Samuel, Simon, Steve, Surya, Terra, Timothy and Val!

Thank you very much to the District of Oak Bay Community Grants for partly funding this activity and others Green Team activities in your municipality! Thanks to The Victoria Foundation and Canada Post Foundation for contributing as well! Your support made it all possible.

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank-you gifts to our volunteers: LUSH for providing natural perfume, West Coast Seeds, and dog poop bags from Earth Rated!! Granola bars were donated by the awesome Nature’s Path

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 19 volunteers participated and contributed 62 volunteer hours!
  • 11 volunteers had never been to Anderson Hill Park before!
  • 4 volunteers had never removed English Ivy before!
  • We removed 10 cubic metres of invasive plants like ivy, daphne and blackberry!
  • We cleared an area of habitat approx. 150 square metres
  • 9 volunteers came from Saanich, 5 from Victoria, 2 from Langford and 1 from Oak Bay.

What people said about their experience

Green Team makes a big impact on invasive species removal from natural areas.

Pleasant weather; being under the tree canopy and the introduction by the park lady Christine. Nice to get out and feel like I have done something productive.

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Esquimalt Gorge Park June 11, 2019

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized a youth-focused activity in Esquimalt Gorge Park with students from Esquimalt Highschool and local community members!

Thank-you to everyone for participating: Mr. Clark Schwab and his Grade 9 science students, plus our GVGT volunteers: Connie, Jiyu, Hu, Kemal and Sally!

Thank you very much to the Township of Esquimalt for partnering with the Green Teams. Thank you for recognizing the importance of collaboration and partnership! Your support made it all possible.

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank-you gifts to our volunteers: LUSH for providing natural perfume, West Coast Seeds, and dog poop bags from Earth Rated!! Granola bars were donated by the awesome Nature’s Path

PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT IS FOUND HERE

Highlights

  • 41 volunteers participated and contributed 44 volunteer hours!
  • 8 volunteers had never been to Esquimalt Gorge Park before
  • 22 volunteers had never removed blackberry before
  • We removed 4 cubic metres of Himalayan Blackberry
  • We cleared an area of habitat approx. 100 square metres

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Volunteers in Action