This event is on rain or shine! It will be colder and potentially wet at the end of November, so be dress appropriately!
The closest major intersections of where we are meeting are 68 Ave and 200 St/70 Ave and 200 St. Volunteers will park along 69a Ave or 69 Ave (just east of 198A St). We will meet at the corner of 69a and 198b. For an interactive map of our meeting spot click --> HERE
The work we will be doing will be at Carvolth Greenway. For a map of this greenway click -->HERE
If you are late, take the trail east towards 200 St. The site is just off the trail (and throughout the park) on the south side of the trail.
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]
Transit. To find out the best route go to:http://www.translink.bc.catype in the location you are starting from, the destination and the date and time you will be begin the trip.
Cycle. There are bicycle maps here:http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/transport/cycling/bikeways/maps.htm
- Meet at 9.45 am (please don't be late)
- Walk to site. Note: if you are late follow a sign with an arrow
- Remove English ivy and Himalayan Blackberry and from 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!
- 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 - Langley Environmental Partners Society 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 Carvolth Greenway and the work we will be doing
This small greenway is covered with Big Leaf Maples and Western Red Cedar, there is a huge diversity of shrubs growing underneath the canopy of these big trees but they are slowly getting chocked out by the creeping fingers of English Ivy. Ivy has already killed much of the native ground covers that should be typically found in a transitional forest such as this. The ivy has also been able to climb up a few of the biggest trees on this site and they fell down in a wind storm a few years ago due to the sheer weight of the Ivy.
During the event we will be removing English Ivy and some Himalayan Blackberry, freeing the trees that have become covered in the ivy as well as rolling up as much as possible that is blanketing the forest floor. The Township of Langley will be providing a large greenwaste bin for loading up with the ivy so it will be removed from the site - Hasta la vista, Ivy!!
This will be the very first pull on the site and is very important to finally free many of the maple trees that are being threatened by this leafy scourge and with a lot of volunteers we will be able to have a huge impact on the ivy that will bring the infestation down to something more manageable by local volunteers and municipal staff.
Nov 24th event at this exact same spot!
LEPS is running another ivy and blackberry removal at this same location the day before on Nov 24th, to sign up for that and for more info contact Lisa at: [masked] or [masked]
Langley Environmental Partners Society