With the help of 30 volunteers, over 40 bags of weeds and invasive plant species across 10 different green spaces in Hamilton such as Windermere Basin Park Mini Forest and Good Shepherd Depave Planting locations were removed!
Why is it important to be stewards of our land?
Putting trees in the ground is a key part of urban tree planting but if we want to ensure we have a healthy urban forest and trees into the future, it is important to have a plan for the care and maintenance of our tree planting sites for years to come. The first few years of a newly-planted tree’s life are important for its survival. In the early stages, they start to develop their roots and adapt to their surrounding environment. To make sure they thrive to become beautiful, mature trees we need to ensure their survival through monitoring and stewardship. Trees planted in urban landscapes face many threats such as competition from non-native or invasive plant species, damage or trampling from humans, drought, and more.
Why are Invasive species bad for our ecosystems?
- Some invasive species can cause diseases in other plants, animals, humans and more
- Invasive species can alter the abundance or diversity of plant species that are important habitat for native wildlife
- Invasive species can outcompete native species for food or other resources
- Invasive species can negatively impact our agricultural and forestry industries
How Can You be Stewards of Your Green Spaces?
- Plant more native or non-invasive species;
- Removing invasive plants and insects properly can help limit their spread;
- Contact your local conservation authority or municipality to report invasive species or to learn more about them;
- Pick up litter and dispose of them accordingly;
- Create your own stewardship team to help maintain your local green spaces!
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This project is supported by the City Enrichment Fund (CEF).