Adopt a Patch!

The Sandown Forest Stewardship Program

Hi! I am a 4th year forest biology student at the University of Victoria and the Sandown Forest Naturalist-in-residence. I have a super exciting assignment, but to complete it I'm going to need your help!

How can you help?

By picking one of our available patches to love and care for! Each patch is unique and just waiting for the right person/team to make it beautiful again. 

How do you get started?

Step 1: Walk the 'virtual forest' below, to pick a patch that is the right match for you! Then register to send us your details and the spot you have picked to steward.

Step 2: Attend a Stewardship Workshop to learn how to

properly care for your patch. We will work with you to find a date.

Step 3: Over the fall and winter, prepare your site by

removing invasive species. You are the stewards!

Step 4: In the spring, you will be getting your hands dirty

replanting native species to bring biodiversity back to this forest. We'll be in touch with you when the time is right for this step.

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. 

Adoptables

Once you've picked your patch, go to the register page, fill out the form & tell us which one you have chosen!

Ivy Gone Wild

48.65944˚, -123.43051 ˚

82˚E

ADOPTED! Just off the beaten path! For the faint hearted this spot is easily accessible and front and center for others to admire.

Easy

The Trifecta

48.65944˚, -123.43036˚

188˚S

Holy, ivy and blackberry. Three types of invasives, triple the fun.

Easy

Iv(y) Got to Go

48.65941˚, -123.43024˚

21˚N

This Ivy has just got to go... to make way for all of our beautiful native plants. 

Easy

Dinosaurs Or Ferns?

48.65953˚, -123.43025˚

358˚N

Love dinosaurs?! Ferns date back even further. Protect these precious pieces of history by removing the ivy!

Easy

Sun! Sun! Sun!

48.65948˚, -123.42999˚

30˚NE

ADOPTED! For the 4 months a year we have sunshine! This spot is the place to enjoy it! 

Medium

Flower Lovers Needed Part 2

48.65965˚, -123.42974˚

342˚N

With just a little love this field of ivy could be a field of wildflowers!

Easy

Flower Lovers Needed Part 4

48.65968˚, -123.42969˚

321˚NW

With just a little love this field of ivy could be a field of wildflowers!

Easy

Cedar Swamp

48.65959˚, -123.42932˚

193˚S

As soon as we get a few good rainfalls this spot will be the perfect place for some (muddy) puddle hopping! (and of course some invasives pulling!!)

Easy

Salmon Berry Sanctuary

48.65987˚, -123.42908

334˚NW

With just a little TLC this unruly patch could be transformed into a salmon berry oasis!

Medium

Vines Galore

48.65981˚, -123.42880˚

24˚NE

Fun fact: English Ivy can grow up to 30 cm in diamater! With ivy this developed a small hand saw may be necessary.

Medium

Frog Haven

48.65995˚, -123.42868˚

340˚N

The perfect mix of decay, sunlight, and moisture. This spot may come with some frogs (and lots of slugs).

Easy

Twin Trees

48.65961˚, -123.42905˚

251˚W

Seeking someone to release these two maples from the treacherous ivy.

Easy

Save The Cedar

48.65948˚, -123.42999˚

30˚NE

Seeking a defender, this tree needs someone to protect it from the approaching ivy!

Easy

Good Golly That's A Lot Of Holly!

48.65954˚, -123.42971˚

117˚SE

We need someone not afraid of some sharp leaves and some prickles! Only the brave will tame this patch.

Hard

Flower Lovers Needed Part 3

48.65960˚, -123.42968˚

358˚N

With just a little love this field of ivy could be a field of wildflowers!

Easy

Flower Lovers Needed Part 6

48.65970˚, -123.42979˚

328˚NW

With just a little love this field of ivy could be a field of wildflowers!

Easy

Welcome to the jungle

48.65970˚, -123.42937˚

211˚SW

This spot's a little more crowded but with the right amount of love could make an excellent spot for some native berry bushes!

Medium

Classic Victoria Weather

48.65981˚, -123.42898˚

342˚N

Wet and sunny?! Want a patch that perfectly describes Victoria? Look no further!

Medium

I Smell Skunk Cabbage

48.65981˚, -123.42869˚

124˚SE

Desperately in need of someone to tackle this thick tangle of ivy.

Medium

Guaranteed Wet Socks

48.66001˚, -123.42871˚

269˚W

Prepare to get your shoes a little wet! A perfect patch of wetland just waiting for some TLC.

Easy

Funky Ferns

48.65967˚, -123.42915˚

224˚SW

Bracken fern and snow berry patch! With direct sunlight this patch will thrive when replanted.

Easy

Are You A Snowberry Saviour?

48.65956˚, -123.42989˚

164˚S

A patch and a snack?! Save the snowberries from this sea of ivy and maybe you'll have a sweet treat.

Medium

Flower Lovers Needed

48.65959˚, -123.42974˚

117˚SE

With just a little love this field of ivy could be a field of wildflowers!

Easy

Flower Lovers Needed Part 4

48.65969˚, -123.42969˚

335˚NW

With just a little love this field of ivy could be a field of wildflowers!

Easy

The "Tree Of Life"

48.65972˚, -123.42952˚

15˚N

ADOPTED! Fun fact: the Western Red Cedar is often considered  the "tree of life". Protect it's life by removing the ivy.

Easy

Horsetail Hangout 

48.65982˚, -123.42915˚

349˚N

Fun fact: horsetail plants used to grow as large as trees during the time of the dinosaurs.

Medium

I Smell Skunk Cabbage

48.65973˚, -123.42878˚

59˚NE

With an excellent aroma of skunk cabbage this patch will take your breath away!

Easy

The Not So Big, Big Leaf Maple

48.65985˚, -123.42882˚

306˚NW

Save this not so big Bigleaf Maple!

Medium

Shrek's Swamp

48.65998˚, -123.42873˚

76˚E

This swampy area nestled in a stand of cedars is the perfect place for those that don't mind a little mud.

Easy

Once you've picked your patch, go to the register page, fill out the form & tell us which one you have chosen!

Meet your fellow community stewards...

Yvonne

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...

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Future stewards coming soon! Tell us a bit about why you would like to become a steward, in 100 words or less!

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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.

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“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” ― Arundhati Roy

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