A successful Havenwood Restoration Day!
- Created: Friday, 17 June 2016 16:20
By HAT Restoration Team Volunteer, Emily Truman
My first restoration event with HAT was at Havenwood Park - a place that I had never previously visited - and I was pleasantly surprised. Just a few feet from the road, a footpath opened up to a lush forest teeming with wildlife. Apart from the trees, it felt like there was movement in everything. As I walked through the forest to the restoration site, I began to see where urban development had touched the environment. Although previous restoration work had clearly allowed the landscape to gain back some of its natural life, I could see that the landscape had been agitated, and that the negative effects were still harming the plants and wildlife.
While I took in the beauty that was being regained by the area, we set out to clear some invasive species, mulch the trees, and clear a pathway leading from the park trail into the restoration site.
The progress we made will allow the native species to thrive - including the trees planted by the Royal Bay graduating class. The new trail will encourage visitors to the site to enjoy their surroundings without impacting surrounding wildlife. This project also allows community members involved to build a greater appreciation for restoration within our community.
The following photos were taken right before we began our work, and again after we had finished. They really illustrate the power of a dedicated team with a cause!
A lot of hard work has been done on the Havenwood land, and the progress is really starting to show! We had 30 helping hands, so it's no surprise that we got this much done in a matter of a few hours! Everyone was a good sport and helped to wrestle with the Himalayan Blackberry and Thistle.
We all worked up quite an appetite with all that weed pulling and trail building - luckily we had goodies donated by Royal Bay Bakery to keep us going and push through to the end!
Once we finished this chapter of the restoration project, the volunteer team closed off with goodbyes and took home some generous donations through Greater Victoria Green Team sponsor LUSH to clean off with.
It was so lovely to see so many smiling faces on hard workers, all brought together for a common cause. Joining HAT, I never thought I would become prt of such a motivational, friendly community! The sense of accomplishment as we finished off for the day, combined with the beautiful Havenwood scenery made me feel extremely grateful for everything that HAT, the GVGT, and FOHP do - and have been doing for a long time.
But perhaps what was even more eye opening was the fact that I could envision how the area will flourish in a few years time. The trees will have grown, native species thriving, and the footpath beaten down by frequent visitors. The birds that I saw when I made my first trip out here will be even more numerous, making homes out of the bushes and trees that are allowed to extend over much of the land by restoration teams.
A big thanks to everyone who came out to help, and to our generous sponsors for keeping us going!
We can team up to promote the good work in our region, for nature!