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Invasive species removal and Miyawaki forest planting

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:42 PST, Mon February 26, 2024

MLA Henry Yao and the Richmond South Centre Constituency Office are looking for volunteers to celebrate the environment and community in a two-phase event at Garden City Park. 

The first event is to remove an invasive species, the Himalayan blackberry bush, from parts of Garden City Park. Although blackberry bushes provide some benefits to local wildlife, overall, blackberry negatively impacts the environment, local vegetation, and trees.

The blackberry forms dense thickets that exclude native species, leading to its complete dominance for the understory vegetation and, eventually, the canopy. The thickets also limit people’s access, alter fire regimes, and dominate the landscape.

With the help of volunteers, it is hoped that the proliferation of blackberry bushes in the local parks can be kept under control. The Invasive Species Removal event will take place on Saturday, March 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Garden City Park. 

The second event is to plant a Miyawaki Forest, a small-scale, densely planted urban native forest consisting of trees, plants, and perennials, which includes over 300 plants native to B.C. and/or Canada.

The diversity of plants supports a wide range of insects and animals by providing forage, shelter, and a diversity of flowers throughout the growing season. The Miyawaki Forest Planting event will take place on Saturday, March 23 from 9 to 11 a.m., at Garden City Park. 

To sign up, visit the Richmond South Centre Constituency Office or send an email inquiry at

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