Adopt a Patch!
The Sandown Forest Stewardship Program
Thanks to the enthusiasm of our local community, our Adopt-a-Patch program slots have been filled! Thank you to those who signed up to be Sandown forest stewards. It is wonderful to walk through the forest and see liberated stands of fir, cedar and cottonwood; stands of nettle and seas of sword ferns having a chance to reestablish themselves. And of course, there is still so much work to be done.... ivy management is an ongoing story, and the Sandown forest is big.
We'll be organising community ivy pulling events and other forest stewardship activities through the year, as we know that every forest steward needs to re-motivated from time to time! Stay tuned, we'll be in touch...
It may seem hard to believe...
but this English ivy that has escaped from gardens and window pots actually threatens the lives of trees and entire forests in our area.
Right now, the Sandown forest is engulfed in ivy. It needs the help of Forest Stewards-- people like you-- to make it a healthy, biodiverse forest ecosystem.
this lovely spot is right next to a big patch of water-loving sedge...evidence of an underground spring right here, perhaps? With just a little love, this area will thrive!
Meet your fellow community stewards...
YVONNE So much to love about this project!...the opportunity to participate in community to restore the forest and rescue it from being choked by invasives for starters. There is also something super therapeutic & fun about weeding & invasive-busting! Being outdoors, meeting fellow forest-enthusiasts, observing through the seasons this little section of biome & nurturing it back to health. Indulging all the senses....forest-feast for the eyes, sounds of birds, bees, wind in the trees...
Future stewards coming soon! Tell us a bit about why you would like to become a steward, in 100 words or less!
CARLEY I am currently volunteering with the CRD and their habitat restoration program, currently clearing Scottish Broom at Mill Hill. I am very excited to be part of the restoration of the Sandown area. Being from Sidney, I've grown up in the area and often played in the fields of the abandoned race track as a kid, so helping out to restore the area is a pretty cool opportunity.
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” ― Arundhati Roy