Glenbrook Ravine Clean-up: Fifth edition

Attention New West Glenbrook Ravine restorers!

Fall has arrived, my favourite season. Leaves changing, warm days and cool nights, and best of all, a great time to remove invasive species!

On Saturday, September 29th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, we will be having our fifth day in the ravine of the year. Depending on your perspective, we’ve had some good weather or bad weather in the form of rain for most of our events this year. This often keeps the number of people down, but we work rain or shine, and those who have shown up on wet days have really enjoyed themselves. (The rain helps keep you cool!)

This will be the last invasive species removal of the year, as we will be preparing the site for our native species planting event in October. We have ordered a lot of plants, so the more people out to prepare the site, the better!

As always, this is a family friendly event, and we have ways for people of all ages and abilities to get involved and contribute. The work is not that hard, and refreshment, socialization breaks are welcome and encouraged. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Please share this with anyone who you think might be interested. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday the 29th!

Note:

  • Free parking is available at the Glenbrook Park Amenities Centre (76 Jamieson Ct.); we will not be meeting here, but rather, we will meet at the site. For any first timers, just walk down the path from any entrance into the Glenbrook Ravine, and you will find us.
  • Anyone can join for as long or as little as they like, anytime during the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm window. If you arrive after 10:00 am, you can simply follow the trail up the ravine until you find everyone.

Brunette River documentary seeks fundraising ideas for new documentary

The New Westminster Environmental Partners and the Sapperton Fish and Game Club are endeavouring to create a documentary on the decades-long restoration work done in the Brunette River.

The groups are working with two local, independent filmmakers to bring this vision to life, and are seeking volunteers to help them raise funds to make this project a reality.

A meeting will be held at Judy Darcy’s constituency office (301-625 5th Ave, New Westminster) on Wednesday, August 29th at 7pm to discuss potential means of fundraising (time to get creative!)

This is an ambitious project that needs as many hands on deck as possible. We would love to see you on the 29th! For more information please contact Kyle Routledge at kyleroutledge@gmail.com.

Glenbrook Ravine Restoration – Saturday, August 25th, 10am start

Attention New West Glenbrook Ravine restorers – keep your Saturday morning clear on August 25th,  our next day of ecological enhancement the ravine.

On Saturday, August 25, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, we will be having our fourth day in the ravine of the year. Our first day in April was pretty wet and soggy, but the weather in May was beautiful. In June we took some time to tend to the native species we planted last year. The next two days (August 25 and September 29) will be to prepare the site for planting native species in the Fall (October 27).

As always, this is a family friendly event, and we have ways for people of all ages and abilities to get involved and contribute. The work is not that hard, and refreshment, socialization breaks are welcome and encouraged. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Please share this with anyone who you think might be interested. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 25th!

Kyle

Additional Info:

  • Free parking is available at the Glenbrook Park Amenities Centre (76 Jamieson Ct.); we will not be meeting here, but rather, we will meet at the site. For any first timers, just walk down the path from any entrance into the Glenbrook Ravine, and you will find us.
  • Anyone can join for as long or as little as they like, anytime during the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm window. If you arrive after 10:00 am, you can simply follow the trail up the ravine until you find everyone.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 25th!

Project Area Outline, (Glenbrook Park Amenities Centre in red circle):

Glenbrook Ravine – Native Planting Day October 14

Hey New West and friends of New West,

It’s almost time for the fourth, and final, round of ecological enhancement in the Glenbrook Ravine.

On Saturday, May 13, we had our first day, with volunteers out to begin our long journey of ecologically enhancing the Glenbrook Ravine. We had a great turnout with a lot of positive attitudes, in spite of the initial rain.

Our second event was on Saturday, June 17, and we had an even better turn out than the first! Over 30 people showed up, and with many hands, we removed a tremendous amount of Himalayan blackberry.

Our third day on August 12 had a smaller turnout than the initial two events, but as it was in the middle of the summer holidays, this was expected. We still had nearly 20 participating, and we made good progress in removing invasive plants in year one.

It’s now time to get back at it for the last time in 2017! You know you’ve enjoyed yourself if you’ve come out, and if you haven’t made it out yet, you know you kind of want to. So make it happen, and come get to know your community and connect with a bit of nature for a couple of hours.

We will be meeting on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will have a number of enthusiastic volunteers out helping to put approximately 200 plants in the ground.

This is a family friendly event, and we have ways for people of all ages and abilities to get involved and contribute. The work is not that hard, and refreshment, socialization breaks are welcome and encouraged.

If you would like to come, but are not sure how to get yourself there, Evo Car Share has offered to provide free memberships and driving minutes to any volunteers that need help getting to or from the Glenbrook Ravine. Please contact me if you would like more information on this, or any other aspects of this fun project.

Pleas forward this on to anyone who you think might be interested. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 14th!

 

Glenbrook Ravine Clean # 3 this weekend

Project Area Outline, (Glenbrook Park Amenities Centre in red circle):

 

Hey New West and friends of New West,

It’s almost time for the third round of invasive plant removal in the Glenbrook Ravine.

On Saturday, May 13, we had our first day, with volunteers out to begin our long journey of ecologically enhancing the Glenbrook Ravine. We had a great turnout with a lot of positive attitudes, in spite of the initial rain.

Our second event was on Saturday, June 17, and we had an even better turn out than the first! Over 30 people showed up, and with many hands, we removed a tremendous amount of Himalayan blackberry.

It’s now time to get back at it for the last time in 2017! You know you’ve enjoyed yourself if you’ve come out, and if you haven’t made it out yet, you know you kind of want to. So make it happen, and come get to know your community and connect with a bit of nature for a couple of hours.

We will be meeting on Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will have a number of enthusiastic volunteers out helping to restore one of the true gems of the city.

This is a family friendly event, and we have ways for people of all ages and abilities to get involved and contribute. The work is not that hard, and refreshment, socialization breaks are welcome and encouraged.

If you would like to come, but are not sure how to get yourself there, Evo Car Share has offered to provide free memberships and driving minutes to any volunteers that need help getting to or from the Glenbrook Ravine. Please contact me if you would like more information on this, or any other aspects of this fun project.

Pleas forward this on to anyone who you think might be interested. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 12th!

Kyle

PS: For additional details or questions, please contact me.

Glenbrook Ravine Cleanup – Round Two!

Hey New West and friends of New West,

It’s almost time for the second round of invasive plant removal in the Glenbrook Ravine.

On Saturday, May 13, we had our first day of volunteers out to begin our long journey of ecologically enhancing the Glenbrook Ravine. We had a great turnout with a lot of positive attitudes, in spite of the initial rain.

In very little time, we were able to really notice the progress we were making. With plenty of water, juice, and snacks to fuel us, and with tools provided by Evergreen, the New Westminster Environmental Partners (NWEP), and most volunteers, we were able to really get to the root of the issue, removing a substantial amount of the blackberry.

Now it’s time to get back at it again! You know you enjoy the peaceful serenity that the Glenbrook Ravine has to offer, but that you also feel a sense of dismay from all of the invasive plants. You know you have an inexplicable longing to restore the Glenbrook Ravine to it’s former glory, but just don’t know where to begin. And you know you feel good when you give back to your community and connect with nature.

So why not come and connect with some old friends and meet some new ones on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will have a number of enthusiastic volunteers out helping to restore one of the true gems of the city.

This is a family friendly event that will have lots of opportunity for people to get involved in the coming months and even years. Parking is free at the Glenbrook Amenities Centre, and the location of work is approximately 300 metres in from there. If you have interest in being involved but can’t make this day, please contact me and I’ll be happy to give more information and help organize a day that works for you.

If you would like to come, but are not sure how to get yourself there, Evo Car Share has offered to provide free memberships and driving minutes to any volunteers that need help getting to or from the Glenbrook Ravine. Please contact me if you would like more information on this, or any other aspects of this fun project.

Pleas forward this on to anyone who you think might be interested. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 17th!

Kyle

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