The flora and fauna along Port Moody's Thurston Park trail has a little more room to breathe and thrive.
Saturday, Nov. 18, nearly 50 volunteers from the Lower Mainland Green Team removed 14 cubic metres of invasive plants like English ivy and English laurel — enough to fill more than 87 bathtubs.
The group included students from local high schools as well as community volunteers from across the Tri-Cities and as far away as Richmond and Delta.
According to co-ordinator Andrea Robles, many were visiting the park for the first time.
Robles said aside from helping restore the habitat, the event also empowers people "to take care of themselves, each other and the places they live."
"We all experience mental and physical health benefits from spending time in nature, including reduced stress and anxiety, improved mood, focus, memory and more," she added.
The Green Team next heads to Vancouver for a cleanup event in Everett Crowley Park.
For more information, you can visit the organization's website.