Members of the local Girl Guides removed 63 bathtubs of invasive plants from a Pitt Meadows park.
Hoffman Park in Pitt Meadows was packed with 46 members of the Girl Guides Pitt Meadows Rainbow Unit, along with 10 parents and leaders on Thursday, June 1, who removed invasive Himalayan blackberry, English ivy and English holly.
The girls, aged 5 to 16 years, were able to remove 10 cubic metres of invasive plants – the equivalent to 63 bathtubs, said founder and executive director of Green Teams Canada, Lyda Salatian, whose charity ran the local clean up through the program Lower Mainland Green Team.
It was a perfect day for youth to be outside – away from screens – and taking care of the environment, said Salatian.
“They learned invasive plants out-compete with native plant species, felt empowered making a difference in a local park, connected to nature (great for mental health!) and learned how to work together as a team,” she added.
The event was done in partnership with the City of Pitt Meadows, Maple Meadows Chiropractic, and Girl Guides Pitt Meadows Rainbow Unit.
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