The countdown is on for our Matson Conservation Area Invasive Plant Removal and Replanting event!
Fall is the ideal time to clear out invasive plants and get native species in the ground, and this weekend we'll be doing exactly that! On November 4th and 5th, you can find HAT and our hard working volunteers at the Matson Conservation Area along the Westsong Walkway in Esquimalt. We are dedicating this weekend to restoring and enhancing the last remaining Garry Oak Ecosystem in Victoria's Inner Harbour.
What: Invasive plant removal and native species planting
When: Saturday, November 4th, 11am to 4pm (optional stroll to Spinnaker's Brewpub at 4:30pm); Sunday, November 5th, 10am to 3pm
Where: Matson Conservation Area, Westsong Walkway, Esquimalt
Saturday, Nov. 4th, will be a full day of invasive species removal, where we pull out pesky weeds to make room for native species to thrive. To celebrate our hard work and end the toil with the weeds, we will end the day with a stroll down the beautiful Westsong Walkway to Spinnaker's Brewpub for a refreshing beverage and social hour. There's nothing like a good old fashioned "pull and pour"! The following day, on Sunday, Nov. 5th, we'll be replanting the meadow with native species carefully selected to promote pollinator species. We will focus on planting and seeding native wildflowers, grasses, and shrubs on the meadow's rocky outcrops and forest edges.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our generous funders, for without them we would not be able to host these community restoration events. This event was made possible by TD Canada Trust's Friends of the Environment Foundation, as well as a wonderful pollinator seed grant from Wildlife Preservation Canada. Will sucessful planting, we will be adding to the ecological diversity of the area as well as providing food and shelter for pollintors and other species of wildlife. Essential components of a healthy, happy Garry Oak Ecosystem!
We hope to see you there!