Earth Day: Event aims to get rid of ivy plants

Earth Day ‘pull’ takes place at Askew Creek Park in Chemainus

Do you really want to put your back into Earth Day?

Join the Earth Day Ivy Pull at Askew Creek in Chemainus on Saturday, April 23 and take any of the frustrations of the previous week out on getting rid of invasive ivy plants.

This event, organized by Transition Chemainus, is aimed at continuing the work of restoring the creekside.

It all starts at 1 p.m. at the Oak Street entrance to the park by the post boxes and finishes at 4 p.m. but you can stay for as long or as short a time as you like. They’d just love to see the extra pairs of hands helping out.

They’re also promising draw prizes, coffee and goodies and, yes, fun!

Bags are supplied but make sure to bring some sturdy gloves to save your paws.

The Askew Park project has been going on every two weeks for many months as volunteers diligently apply themselves to removing the ivy.

So far over 80 bags have been collected, according to Heather Taylor.

“The goal is to restore the streamside to its native habitat and promote the return of salmon to the creek.

“The first step is ivy removal and there’s a lot of it,” she said last week.

Everyone will be eligible for the draw prizes. In addition to the refreshments, there will be information available on sustainable practices, invasive species and projects including streamside restoration and food forests. Experts in ecology and environmental sustainable practices will be available to answer questions, according to Taylor.