New West ravine getting some attention this weekend

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Volunteers are invited to take part in the final round of restoration work in Glenbrook Ravine for 2020.

The enhancement project includes the removal of invasive species and the planting of native species.

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“We are almost there! The day everyone in New West (and beyond) waits for year-round. Native planting day!” said an email from organizer Kyle Routledge. “We, again, removed a great deal of Himalayan blackberry this year. Now we need your help to replace what we've removed with native plants.”

Volunteers will be gathering in Glenbrook Ravine on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to plant about 200 native species.

“Historically, planting day has been the most enjoyed day of our events, and is one where each one of us can see the fruits of our labour,” Routledge said.

Because of COVID-19, a number of safety protocols are in place, such as limiting the number of people on-site to a maximum of 50. New check-in protocols include signing people in, with appropriate physical distancing).

Volunteers are reminded to wear appropriate footwear (something with ankle support and closed toes) and outerwear (work happens rain or shine). Unlike past years, volunteers are asked to bring their own water bottle filled with water, work gloves and tools (if they have them), snacks and a pen to sign a waiver for those who haven’t done so already. (Everyone taking part must sign a waiver and anyone under 18 needs permission from a parent/guardian.)

If you planning to attend RSVP to kyleroutledge@gmail.com and let organizers know how many will be in your party.

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