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New Brighton Restoration – Update

New Brighton Restoration – Update

November 2023 Work Parties Despite weather forecasts of continuous rain for the weekend of November 4th and 5th we had excellent New Brighton work parties under a mixture of glorious sun and some cloud and no rain for both work days. This means we have had 71 New Brighton work parties, most through the winter months without any significant precipitation. We got a lot done but still have several hundred native perennials left to plant. Next New Brighton Work Parties are scheduled for…

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New Brighton – Oct 20, 2023 Update

New Brighton – Oct 20, 2023 Update

Submitted by Nigel Peck November’s approach heralds two years of effort to improve the environment at New Brighton. We’ve worked hard to remove invasive species and enhance biodiversity through the planting of native perennials, roses and shrubs. Our efforts are making a difference with Woolly Sunflower, Douglas Aster, Goldenrod, Nodding Onion, and Large Leaved Lupines now dotting the hillock overlooking to the east. There are now about 100 native roses (Nootka, Prickly Wild, and Wood’s Roses) and shrubs (Indian Plum,…

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New Brighton Restoration Project – 23 Apr 2023 Update

New Brighton Restoration Project – 23 Apr 2023 Update

Report and Photos by Nigel Peck Perhaps I am just getting old and sentimental, or perhaps having over a month since the last New Brighton work party, or that the forecasted raindrops held off until precisely the minute we stopped working – but Sunday’s work party seemed particularly sweet. Looking at our record, it has now been 42 full work days over 15 months – mostly in the winter and early spring months, that we have not had any appreciable…

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Workout New Brighton!

Workout New Brighton!

Submitted by Nigel Peck For anyone interested in keeping in great physical shape and also helping to improve a local park as well as the environment – have we got an opportunity for you. We need your help!  Nature Vancouver and local volunteers have worked for the last nine weeks to clear an area of shoreline in New Brighton Park from hundreds of invasive Himalayan Blackberry bushes. This is in preparation to plant the area with native grasses, pollinator friendly perennial…

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New Brighton Park – One Year On

New Brighton Park – One Year On

Report and Photos by Nigel Peck Thank you for your interest in the New Brighton project.  Three things have driven this endeavour. First is the appreciation of a wide range of people of every culture and age for a lovely little park in Vancouver’s northeast corner. Second is that all the invasive removal and native planting has been done by people who care enough to volunteer for a range of tasks, most multiple times. Finally, it has been word of…

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New Brighton Park Restoration – Nov 29, 2022 Update

New Brighton Park Restoration – Nov 29, 2022 Update

Submitted by Nigel Peck It’s always interesting to see how things turn out. The fall plant order was submitted to the Park Board back on May 8th. With assistance from Ian Clague and Krista from the Park Board, the order was refined over summer and, with several revisions the plant list, was finalized November 3rd. We were quite happy with a good selection of roses and shrubs but, more importantly, pollinator perennials that tend to stand 60+ centimeters that would…

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New Brighton Park Restoration – Nov 27, 2022 Update

New Brighton Park Restoration – Nov 27, 2022 Update

Submitted by Nigel Peck We had a great day at New Brighton Park. Perfect weather, a wonderful group of 13 volunteers, 5 of whom were helping for the first time. Newcomers Ross and Roz worked together up on the hillock, planting native roses digging out mega-holes for the two-gallon pot sized shrubs. On the eastern slope newcomers Jacqueline, Riis and Mark did a fabulous job planting Canadian and European Golden Rod, Douglas Aster and Large Leaved Lupines which, hopefully next spring…

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New Brighton Park Restoration Project Summation

New Brighton Park Restoration Project Summation

Report by Nigel Peck This year Nature Vancouver (NV) became involved in an exciting new conservation project at New Brighton Park in Vancouver’s northeast corner, just near the Iron Workers’ Second Narrows Bridge. In the area just to the west of the off-leash dog area, landfill dug from the Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project was deposited in 2016 and 2017 to create a hillock. Sadly, planted native coastal shrubs did not survive the initial years, leaving the area to be populated…

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New Brighton Park Restoration – May 14 Update

New Brighton Park Restoration – May 14 Update

Submitted by Nigel Peck The Saturday May 14th, New Brighton weed pull was led by Alix Noble and Greg leach. It was a resounding success with fourteen people helping to pull piles of bull thistle from the ‘restoration hillock’. The group began by inspecting the different areas and deciding to focus on thistles and leave the blackberry for the next work party on May 28th.   In coordinator Greg Leach’s words: There was a bit of light rain for 10 minutes,…

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New Brighton Park Restoration – March 30th, 2022 Update

New Brighton Park Restoration – March 30th, 2022 Update

Report & Photos submitted by Nigel Peck It has now bee just over two months since we began the restoration initiative at New Brighton Park in Vancouver’s northeast corner of the city, just next to the Ironworkers’ Second Narrows Bridge. We began with the removal of invasive Scotch Broom and Himalayan Blackberry from the hillock just to the west of the free-run dog park at New Brighton Park.  It has been a great success with the removal of not only…

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