Say goodbye to ivy at Creekside Park – Aldergrove Star

A handful of volunteers recently removed nearly two hundred pounds of ivy from Creekside Park.

Now they’re looking for like-minded individuals willing to help with the month’s cleanup efforts around the local watershed.

The Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society is tackling environmental issues around the Aldergrove Waterway, including cleanup efforts such as the one undertaken earlier this month at 28th Avenue Park, said Lisa Dreves, coordinator stewardship of the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS).

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“A small but mighty team of five managed to pull ivy from a site they were working on last year and plant sword fern,” Dreves said of the March 5 venture.

“After tackling the improvement site last year, they were able to move on to a large patch of ivy in the woods. In the end, nearly 90 kg (200 lbs) of ivy were removed,” she said.

The bonus, according to Dreves, was that not everything ended up in the green waste heap at Aldergrove Transfer Station. She was thrilled to see a local artist creating sculptures out of ivy.

“And she took a whole bunch of ivy to make art out of it.”

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The improvement society tries to come out each month to tackle environmental issues in the watershed, and Dreves repeated that they are always looking for more volunteers.

“If you want to have some fun, we meet once a month on the third Wednesday of the month,” she concluded, inviting people to email her at [email protected] for more details.

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Declan and Tiffany Hof were among the handful of volunteers who recently came to help rid Creekside Park of ivy. (Special for Black Press Media)

Declan Hof was one of a handful of volunteers who recently came to help rid Creekside Park of ivy.  (Special for Black Press Media)

Declan Hof was one of a handful of volunteers who recently came to help rid Creekside Park of ivy. (Special for Black Press Media)

Angela Wonitowy and Darlene Sherwin were among the handful of volunteers who recently came to help rid Creekside Park of ivy.  (Special for Black Press Media)

Angela Wonitowy and Darlene Sherwin were among the handful of volunteers who recently came to help rid Creekside Park of ivy. (Special for Black Press Media)

Laura J. Boyer