English Ivy Removal Event at Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam

Minnekhada English Ivy Removal

When I hear of English Ivy it conjures up thoughts and images of Ivy League, staid old buildings and libraries or country estates in the English countryside and not invasive species. But English Ivy is just that and, if not controlled, Hedera helix can choke out other plants and create ‘ivy deserts’ where other plant life has disappeared. English Ivy can even kill a tree if left to run rampant, and this is why it is necessary to remove it or at least control it periodically.

Minnekhada Park Under Threat From English Ivy

Minnekhada Park in Coquitlam is under threat from English Ivy. The ivy in the park is primarily located near the lodge, and was likely planted there as a decorative ornamental plant as it does creep across walls and provide ground cover that many enjoy and have admired for years. The trouble is that the ivy can ‘escape’ the boundaries of a garden or wall and actually travel across the tree canopy or ground and wreak havoc on local plant life. While native to Western Europe and Asia, here in North America it has been introduced and now needs to be controlled.

On September 30, 2012 the Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT) and Metro Vancouver Parks are organizing a removal project for Minnekhada Park, and would appreciate your participation and support. LMGT is a volunteer group from all over the Lower Mainland that gets together to help in Metro Vancouver Parks, BC Parks and municipalities to tackle environmental issues. They also volunteer at local farms to promote local, sustainable agriculture.

Help the Lower Mainland Green Team at Minnekhada

Lyda Salatian founded the group and continues to manage events and ‘meet ups’ with their partner group the Pacific Parklands Foundation. They receive help from funders like the Sitka Foundation and the Chris Spencer Foundation. Donations are welcome directly to the LMGT, as well as via their website. If you’d rather donate your efforts, why not join them for one of their events? You will learn first-hand about local environmental issues including stewardship and habitat restoration. You will help conserve and restore some green space and participate in a great volunteer event. Plus, you may discover a new area of the Lower Mainland to enjoy!

Minnekhada Bridge Port Coquitlam

If you are interested in helping out on Sunday, September 30, 2012 the group is meeting at the Lodge at Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam at 9:45am sharp. Once everyone is signed in they’ll start the removal at 10:00am and continue to 1:00pm with breaks for refreshments and rest. The event will go ahead rain or shine and organizers remind you to dress for the weather – sunscreen and hat or rain gear and boots, as appropriate. Gloves, tools and equipment are provided (though you may bring your own) as well as snacks. Metro Vancouver Parks will provide instruction for the task at hand, safety information and an orientation of the site. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. For more information visit The Lower Mainland Green Team on Meetup here.

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