Metchosin plant pullers honoured for their efforts

Group members a mainstay in Devonian Park on Sundays

The Friends of Devonian Park have been recognized for tackling invasive species.

The Metchosin-based group received the Together in Action Stewardship Organization Award last week from the Invasive Species Council of B.C.

“This recognizes an incredible group effort over 13 years, and over 3,700 hours of work people have done to protect a very precious Garry oak ecosystem,” said Metchosin Coun. Moralea Milne, a member of the group. “It is what we do to help protect the park and return it to the natural flora and fauna.”

The group goes out every Sunday from November to March tackling the removal of broom, blackberry, daphne and ivy and has taken out tons of invasive plant growth since its formation.

“There is certainly many a cold Sunday I would rather have stayed in my warm duvet, instead of getting up, but we motivate each other to do this work,” Milne said.

“We have a good time and feel good about the work we do. Some people go to church on Sunday; we go to Devonian Park.”

In all, six Together in Action awards were handed out, recognizing leadership in invasive species research, education, prevention, management and control, as well as contributions from business leaders or organizations.

Just Posted

Millstream Lake Road to close for repairs

No vehicle traffic will be permitted from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1

Royal Roads prof named to Rowing Canada’s Hall of Fame

Former Olympic rower still putting oars in the water

Local volunteers get the scoop on bat poop

Bat droppings key to research in a number of areas

Colwood development draws ire of residents

Developer says he’s listened and addressed residents’ concerns

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Mt. Washington offering freestyle programs

Programs include competitive, development and beginner levels

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

Volunteers use drones in search for missing women

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Pine beetles from Jasper National Park moving into commercial forest

In 2014, beetle activity went from a few spots around Jasper’s townsite to rampant

VIDEO: Tragically Hip members, Alex Trebek receive Order of Canada

Newest recipients join 6,897 Canadians such as Christine Sinclair, Graham Greene and Mark Messier

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies at 64

‘Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many.’

Most Read