Many Park walkers and golfers are familiar with volunteers working in the Saanich Pulling Together Program on Monday mornings. The team is organized by Lead Stewards Jim Moores and Luis Netter and the improvement in the health of the trees, shrubs, plants and wildlife around the park has become increasing evident year by year. Progress has been the result of great collaboration with the Saanich Natural Areas team and Golf Course staff.
The number of people volunteering at the Monday event has gradually increased and in 2021, they contributed over 1600 hours of work. Most of this effort is to remove invasive Blackberry, Ivy, Broom, Daphne, and Holly that became widespread over past decades. As areas are cleared, Saanich Parks staff work with volunteers to plant indigenous varieties of trees and plants. It’s enormously satisfying to see Camas, Garry Oaks, Oregon Grape, and other indigenous species reestablished and thriving.
Want to join the team? Please click this link to learn more.