Who said conservation can’t be creative? On May 26, as part of the Telus Day of Giving, 70 volunteers helped remove a huge amount of English ivy, a nasty invasive species encroaching on the native plants in the forest near Third Beach. And, then this past weekend some of the invasive plant material removed was repurposed into something that could actually help the forest.
Bio-netting made from English ivy vines will be used as erosion control on restoration sites in the Park. Passersby visitors were given the chance to help us develop bio-netting by crocheting the vines of the English ivy using the fence on top of the Nature House as a crochet hook. The creative brain behind this project is local artist Sharon Kallis, who specializes in creating artwork from natural materials. The bio-netting created over the weekend will be hung to dry to ensure the plant material is dead and will not re-root. Installation is scheduled for early October.
Thanks to all who removed the English ivy and to those who participated in the crocheting! Together we showed the world that conservation can be a creative art! Stay tuned for installation updates.
Join SPES and local artists on top of the Nature House as we weave our way towards conservation!
As a part of SPES’ forest defragmentation goals, we are collaborating with environmental artist Sharon Kallis on putting into practice the research from the 2009 Ivy Project bio-netting case study. Research has shown that English ivy, one of the top invasive species in Stanley Park, can actually be repurposed and turned into bio-netting for erosion control!
Join us on top of the Nature House in Stanley Park as we crochet English ivy that has been removed from the Park to create useful bio-netting to be used in future restoration projects in the Park. Installation will occur later in the fall. Don’t know how to crochet? No problem, there will be experienced weavers on hand to teach you the necessary skills. Come learn about the impacts of invasive plant species in the Park and find out how invasive plant materials can be repurposed to help restore degraded habitats in Stanley Park.
Everyone is welcome to meet us on top of the Nature House in Stanley Park. Weaving will take place on the following dates and times:
Friday, May 31: 3-7 pm
Saturday, June 1: 11 am-1 pm and 1:30-3 pm
Sunday, June 2 : 11 am-1 pm and 1:30-3 pm