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Volunteers Needed For Community Planting Event October 24th

2 Oct

Local group Free The Fern is hosting a Community Planting Event on October 24th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. They are on the hunt for volunteer planters.  

For a bit of history for those unfamiliar with this group’s work, Free the Fern is an environmental stewardship group formed in 2021 that is located in South Vancouver. Their 20 members have spent over 360 volunteer hours removing 49 tons of invasive weeds from the Champlain Heights Trail. Thanks to a TD Park People Grant and donations from community members, they will now be replanting native plants along this forested trail some of which include perennial flowers, berries and ferns. 

They need volunteers to make this event a success.  Free the Fern is on the hunt for volunteers of all ages and abilities to sign up to help on October 24th. There are opportunities as well for those who may not be up for the physical work of planting.  To sign up or ask questions, you can email organizers directly at freethefern@gmail.com or sign up with the Google Documents Volunteer Sign-Up Form.

Free The Fern: Invasive Education 101 – June 12, 2021

3 May

The popularity in gardening has increased immensely during the pandemic. For anyone doing a bit of gardening, or just walking through trails in our parks around Vancouver, you might see invasive species taking over some natives species. Free The Fern is a non-profit organization based in SE Vancouver working hard to remove invasive species. They recently hosted a Zoom session with over 70 participants for which there was a waiting list. It is a hot topic for those wishing to ensure our native plants survive and thrive. The recent Zoom session was a great way to get information and there is more detailed info online at Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver and Grow Green. If you prefer to get your hands dirty, literally with some hands on experience removing invasive plants, Free The Fern invites you to the Champlain Heights Trail on June 12th. Experienced volunteers will lead 2 groups for a 50 minute session with a maximum of 6 participants. They will show you how to remove invasive species like like English Ivy, Himalayan Blackberry and Common Periwinkle, a common ground cover. This is an outdoor event with physical distancing protocols in effect. The event is also free, but registration is required. To book a 50 minute time slot, email freethefern@gmail.com.

Covid-Safety Protocols:

  • outdoor location
  • mask wearing
  • bring your own garden gloves
  • sanitized tools provided
  • physical distancing in effect
  • book a 50 min time slot
  • max of 10 (six participants and 4 volunteer leaders) per session.

Free The Fern Hosts Invasive Removal Zoom Session April 28, 2021

11 Apr

If you are interested in learning about the best practices for removing common invasive weeds, Free The Fern invites you to a free Zoom session on Wednesday, April 28th 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  You will learn the skills to remove invasive plants like Himalayan Blackberry, English Ivy and others from your garden or other green space.  Free the Fern is a new local organization based in SE Vancouver that was founded in January 2021. It is a group of 14 community members and environmental stewards living within Champlain Heights.  They, like many others, realize invasive plants have already spread throughout our local parks and green spaces. Free the Fern was created to decrease the spread of invasives along the Champlain Heights Trail with a mission to replace the invasive species with native plants.  If you are interested in participating in the Zoom session, pre-registration is required email them directly to register at freethefern@gmail.com.  

Free The Fern is also hosting a fundraiser to raise money for adding new native plants to the Champlain Heights Trail. Hand painted canvases by Christine (Kiki) Nombrado featuring local birds and plants are available for sale for $15 each (5″ x 7”) or 3 for $40. 100% of the proceeds will go to fund native planting on the Champlain Heights Trail this Fall.  To purchase the art work, we invite you to reach out to freethefern@gmail.com. To follow along on Instagram, visit them at FreeTheFern.

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