Bonnie Lindsay, a volunteer at an invasive plant and litter removal event, tears invasive English ivy from a tree in Bowen Park on Friday, April 22. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Bonnie Lindsay, a volunteer at an invasive plant and litter removal event, tears invasive English ivy from a tree in Bowen Park on Friday, April 22. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Volunteers at Nanaimo’s Bowen Park get to the root of the problem for Earth Day

City organizes work party to combat English ivy, daphne and holly

Volunteers were doing a good deed for the planet and pulling for the environment in Bowen Park today.

The City of Nanaimo hosted an Earth Day work party Friday, April 22, and received support from community members interested in helping to “free a tree” at an invasive plants and litter removal event.

Plants on the volunteers’ hit list included daphne and holly with a special focus on English ivy the grows prolifically on trees in the park, often covering entire tree trunks. The ivy can choke off the tree on which it establishes itself.

The work party was part of a series of events the City of Nanaimo has been hosting to celebrate Earth Week. There have been workshops on watersmart gardening and landscaping and rainwater management and a session on natural landscaping for climate change will be hosted Saturday, April 23.

More invasive plants work parties will be held throughout May and June at Diver Lake Park, Northfield Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, Lotus Pinatus Park, Bowen Park and Linley Valley-Cottle Lake Park.

Residents are also invited to help pull up ivy, broom, blackberry and daphne and bring the plants to a drop off zone at Bowen Park’s lower parking lot May 28.

To learn more about upcoming work parties, invasive plant species and other ways to fight against climate change and help the environment, visit http://rb.gy/xavl59.



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Volunteers Barb Glanville, front, and Judy Gibson cut away English ivy from the base of a tree in Bowen Park as part of an Earth Day invasive plant eradication session Friday, April 22. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Volunteers Barb Glanville, front, and Judy Gibson cut away English ivy from the base of a tree in Bowen Park as part of an Earth Day invasive plant eradication session Friday, April 22. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Volunteers Barb Glanville, left, and Judy Gibson cut away English Ivy from the base of a tree in Bowen Park as part of an Earth Day invasive plant eradication session Friday, April 22. 
(Chris Bush/News Bulletin)