Amanda Evans of the GREATER VICTORIA GREEN TEAM writes…
The GVGT is a partner with Friends of Uplands Park.
They involve people from all over the Greater Victoria Area in helping to restore natural areas.
On October 22, 33 peoplehelped to remove invasive Daphne laureola, aka the stinky rat-food plant, in Uplands Park for 3 hours. This is a total of 99 hours of volunteering.
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL OF YOU THAT HELPED!
Friends of Uplands Park invites all of the Oak Bay Community to help with restoration in the most diverse ecosystem in Canada, the Garry Oak Ecosystem, in Uplands Park, Anderson Hill, Trafalgar Park and other parks throughout Greater Victoria. Please contact the GVGT for other opportunities.
The Friends of Uplands Park No Ivy League “Core Group” have been working almost every Sunday, from September 2016 through to March 2017, at Cattle Point, removing Ivy and other invasives. Wylie Thomas, Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee Member sends this update:
We have now removed a total of 132+ cubic yards of mainly ivy and some Daphne and Himalayan Blackberry from Cattle Point since September 2016 (that includes a lot of stuff removed by the HSP crew).
No Ivy League “Core Group” photo was taken by Jon Clarke, at the last Sunday in March 2017. From left to right: Angela Hills, Margaret Lidkea, Wylie Thomas, and Jon Clarke.
Ron Carter is missing, as he came almost every weekend (but worked on a mixture of daphne and ivy in a different area from the rest of the core group). But basically the four of us met every Sunday for two hours from September through November and February through March. Some Sunday’s we were joined by a couple of dozen, others it was just the four of us (five of us including Ron).
I don’t have the names of other individuals that came joined us on the no Ivy League Day events specifically, but we had the Greater Victoria Green Team help with the ivy and several others. Then of course there is Kathleen Matthews and Bruce Homer who have been going after ivy on trees in the park.
And some more photos from the Victoria Green Team helping remove bur chervil at Cattle Point.
Wylie Thomas, on behalf of the Friends of Uplands Park, describes the successful “Planting & Invasive Ivy Removal” event held in Uplands Park on December 4, 2016. The event was a collaboration of the Friends of Uplands Park Planting and the Greater Victoria Green Team.
We had a great volunteer event with Victoria’s Green Team on Sunday. I counted 22 people, but there may have been more. We split into two groups: one group worked on ivy on the ocean side of the Cattle Point loop road, while the second group helped plant native forbs and sedges in our restoration plot.
Here’s what we planted..
54 Western Buttercup
36 Western Rush
54 Common Woodrush
72 Barestem Desert-parsley
4 Field Chickweed
18 Yampah (Perideridia gairdneri)
50 Thick-headed Sedge (Carex pachystachya)
72 Graceful Cinquefoil (Potentilla gracilis)
18 Douglas’ Aster
50 Hare Sedge (Carex ovalis)
100 Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata)
36 Fool’s Onion (Triteleia hyacinthina)
20 1-gallon pots of Great Camas bulbs (about 100 bulbs)
Here are some pictures.