Habitat Restoration Project

Invasive exotic plants from other countries or regions have the potential to negatively impact humans, animals and habitats. They are able to spread rapidly and compete with native plants for space, sunlight, water and nutrients. Some may displace, kill or even prevent native plants from growing in an area. Many exotic species are also harmful to people and pets.

 

The problems that invasive plants create, both ecologically and economically, is reason enough for us to be proactive and remove them from our gardens and public parks. Left un-checked, invasive species may take over by out-competing native vegetation, threatening our natural ecosystems, and reducing habitat for wildlife.


Invasive species that are threatening rare habitats in View Royal’s parks include:

*English Ivy                 *Himalayan Blackberry            *English Holly
*Scotch Broom             *Daphne/Spurge Laurel           *Many others!

Volunteer with us!

Under the direction of the Habitat Restoration Coordinator, the View Royal Habitat Restoration Program unites volunteers to remove invasive plants from our parks to keep our habitats healthy. Our dedicated team of enthusiastic volunteers work together to:

  • Remove invasive plants and litter;
  • Plant native plants (seeds, bulbs, flowers, shrubs, trees, etc.);
  • Improve wildlife habitat;
  • Monitor restoration progress;
  • Educate others about View Royal’s parks and natural areas, invasive species, native plants and habitat restoration!

Some of the benefits of volunteering with us:

  • Meet like-minded people and work as part of a team;
  • Exercise your body and mind while making a positive contribution to your community;
  • Learn more about nature and how to provide care for the parks you love;
  • Help rejuvenate wildlife habitat;
  • Develop habitat restoration knowledge and skills;
  • Explore potential green career options, and use these opportunities as experience on your resume;
  • Receive a snazzy Volunteer View Royal t-shirt after your third work party!

How do I become a habitat restoration volunteer?

  1. Check the schedule of upcoming work party events (see schedule below);
  2. Choose an event that works for your schedule and drop by for as much time as you have available;
  3. Be sure to dress for the weather in work clothes and wear sturdy footwear. We’ll provide gloves, tools, training, snacks and refreshments;
  4. Fill out a liability waiver form at your first work party (required once per year).

Note: participants under 16 years old are welcome, but must be closely supervised by an adult caregiver. Please leave pets at home.

Does your group want to help?

We welcome all groups (schools, businesses, faith groups, neighbourhood organizations, etc.) and can design a special event to suit your needs, or include your group in a regular event. Either way, please contact the Habitat Restoration Coordinator well in advance so we can plan the event and to ensure that there are enough tools and refreshments.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Join us for whatever time you have available for these upcoming work parties:

Dates: Times: Park/Area: Meeting Place:
Sat. Sept. 21 10:00am-1:00pm Edwards Park Viewing platform at top of hill. Enter the park via Bamford Court or Ruby Court.
Mon. Sept 23 10:00am-1:00pm Edwards Park Viewing platform at top of hill. Enter the park via Bamford Ct or Ruby Court.
Sat. Sept 28 10:00am-1:00pm Stoneridge Wetland Stoneridge Place entrance.
Sun. Sept 29 9:45am-1:00pm Knockan Hill Park Park entrance at the top of High Street.
Sat. Oct 5 1:00pm-4:00pm Aldersmith Park Meadow Park Lane entrance. 
Sat. Oct 19 1:00pm-4:00pm Burnside/Watkiss Burnside Road entrance.
Sun. Oct 20 1:00pm-4:00pm Nursery Hill Park Nursery Hill Drive, new south entrance.
Fri. Oct 25 1:00pm-4:00pm Burnside/Watkiss Burnside Road entrance.
Sat. Oct 26 1:00pm-4:00pm Nursery Hill Park Nursery Hill Drive, new south entrance.
Sun. Oct 27 9:45am-1:00pm Lund Road Intersection of Lund Road and Thetis Vale Crescent.
Sat. Nov 2 1:00pm-4:00pm Beaumont Access Intersection of Beaumont Ave. and Kerwood St.
Sun. Nov 3 1:00pm-4:00pm Garry Oak Meadow Nursery Hill Dr., south entrance. 

Work parties are also posted on our Events page. 

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