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Will they fill another 156 bathtubs? Green team returns to Port Moody trail

Join the Lower Mainland Green Team on Saturday, Nov. 18, to clear English Ivy from Thurston Woods Trail in Port Moody.
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Volunteers on Thurston Woods Trail in November 2022.

Volunteers with the Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT) will return to a Port Moody trail this week to pull invasive plants.

And the public, as well as high school students looking for extra volunteer credit, is invited to help with the removal.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, the crew will be at the Thurston Woods Trail, off Noons Creek Drive, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with city workers.

Gloves, tools and snacks will be provided to participants. No experience is needed.

Last November, the LMGT was joined by 37 residents from the Tri-Cities, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey and Vancouver who hauled out 25 cubic metres of invasive English Ivy along the trail — enough to fill 156 bathtubs.

Most of the participants had never been to Thurston Woods Trail before and, for half, it was their first time removal activity.

Since then, local volunteers, civic workers and strata members living next to the trail have done more restoration work.

"When I first visited the area, I walked out from the parking lot into a hidden forest, surprised to find a beautiful nature trail hidden within a residential area," said Andrea Robles, LMGT's program co-ordinator, in a news release.

"You can quickly see the progress that has been made through the previous work done to free the trees from a sea of English Ivy. We recently also found trailing blackberry, a native plant often taken over by invasive plants, in areas that were previously covered in ivy."


To register for the Nov. 18 event, you can visit Meetup.com or email ashton@greenteamscanada.ca.