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Scotch Broom removal at Iona Beach in Richmond

This event is on rain or shine!

Meeting Spot

We will be meeting at a parking lot in Iona. Follow Ferguson road westward until the end. Please look at the inset on the top left side of the following map for directions to the parking lot, it is just west of the "south marsh"

CLICK on the following interactive map:

Interactive map of meeting spot

Getting yourself there

Carpool. There are often Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers willing to provide a ride! If you need a ride log into your meetup account, click on "join us" on this page and leave a message briefly describing where you can offer or need a ride from. You can also leave a message at the bottom of this page in the box where it says "post a comment". Don't forget to chip in for gas if you get a ride ($5 for every hour of drive is about right).

Your organizer also sends an email reminder to everyone signed up to participate a day before the event and your request for a ride may be included so send an email to: [masked]

There is no transit to this location

Cycle. There are bicycle maps here (great cycling in this area!) :


  • Meet at 9.45 am (please don't be late)
  • Sign-in
  • Walk to site. Note: if you are late follow a sign with an arrow
  • Remove scotch broom and clean-up 10am - 1pm (with breaks and refreshments).

What to bring

  • Your rain jacket in case it is raining. Our events in the rain have still been great fun!
  • If it's sunny, bring a hat and sunscreen
  • Gardening gloves if you have them (otherwise they'll be provided for you)
  • Ideal footwear: waterproof hiking boots, sturdy outdoor shoes, rubber boots. No open toe shoes, heels or fashionable shoes/boots
  • Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty
  • Long sleeves and long pants are ideal (this will help reduce scratches from thorny plants that you may brush up against).
  • Water (to bring with you to the work site) - Please don't forget this

What will be provided for you

  • Gloves, tools and equipment. If you have your own gardening gloves, feel free to bring them
  • Snacks for the break
  • Instruction - Metro Vancouver Parks staff will give you the run down about the work we will be doing (you don't need to have experience to participate). There will be a safety talk and an orientation of the site.
  • A volunteer letter emailed to you after the event to confirm your hours if you need it

About Iona Beach

This is a scenic beach park just minutes away from Vancouver International Airport. There is a 4 km jetty for walking and biking. There are two habitats here, the sand dune and estuarine dune meadow both rare and home to a provincially red-listed plant community. The sand dune is home habitat to the federally endangered species the horned lark.

About Scotch broom

To learn more about this invasive plant please click HERE


Metro Vancouver Parks

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  • Michael W.

    I enjoyed celebrating my 31st B'Earthday at this work party!

    March 30, 2013

  • Marnie

    It was good to see so many people helping out. I enjoyed those cookies as always. Looking forward to the next meetup.

    March 29, 2013

  • Alex C.

    Meetup was fun! Could have been less windy though XD

    March 18, 2013

  • KELLY in the c.

    work :-(

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I also want a ride. I live in Burnaby, near Patterson station but I can meet at any sky train station. Could someone let me know if there is a seat?

    March 15, 2013

    • Andrea E.

      I'm driving from Richmond but am organizing to meet a couple people at a skytrain to drive them will be by the airport, call me if you want in[masked]

      March 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, that will be so helpful! Will call you later.

      March 15, 2013

  • Franco C

    Unfortunately, have to babysit - but i wish everyone a good time!

    March 15, 2013

  • Adam K.

    i am still lookng for a ride, anybody got a seat available. i can meet almost anywhere is van or richmond

    March 14, 2013

    • Andrea E.

      I'm going to drive from richmond, I could meet you at a skytrain stop. Text me and we can figure something out[masked]

      March 14, 2013

  • john

    I have a question regarding the limits set of people attending... is that just for people who are trying to get some sort of credit for the work, ie. students... so if I just show up without rsvp will I get chased away :)

    March 13, 2013

    • Lyda S.

      John, the limit is set by the host. In this case Metro Vancouver Parks. We must respect the limit. It is often set based on resources available (supervisors, tools, refreshments). My suggestion is to put yourself on the waiting list and often the day before the event, people will un-rsvp and spaces will open up.

      March 13, 2013

  • Adam K.

    im looking for a ride to this event, i live in marpole so i can meet anywhere around south vancouver, maybe marine dr stn. please let me know[masked]

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It will nice if someone can gimme a lift. Is there anyone coming from Fraser street?

    March 8, 2013

  • Franco C

    I will only be able to volunteer till 1130am - i hope this is okay. If not let me know and i will free up spot.

    March 8, 2013

  • Bash

    I can take 4 other people from central / north Langley in my car. Full occupancy is best! Please reply to carpool.

    February 23, 2013

  • Vicky

    Darn, no Easter meetup after all! I was hoping to join you guys again for the brief weekend I'm in town!

    February 22, 2013

  • Elena K

    I was on vacation when these changes occurred. I'm afraid I'm going to have to beg off this one. Sorry to anyone who was hoping for a ride.

    February 22, 2013

  • louise

    out of town

    February 19, 2013

  • jill I.

    I am volunteering at our local gardens that day

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited to attend!

    December 18, 2012

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