Kids Plow Through Blackberries and Ivy

Some of the kids from Environmental & Adventure School in the park

Some of the kids from Environmental & Adventure School in the park

30 kids from the Environmental & Adventure School were in the park Friday, March 8th and Monday, March 10th pulling ivy and removing blackberries. I’m always amazed what 30 kids can do to a field of blackberry bushes. I’ve yet to figure out just how much area they cleared. There are about 10 chest high piles of blackberry canes and root bulbs. In addition to removing blackberries, about half the kids pulled and rolled up carpets of ivy. Building ivy compost rafts was a new experience. We scavenged the ground for large limbs as round as a bread loaf, we made a frame on the ground, cleared the inside of the frame of all ivy vines and filled it with twigs. We pulled ivy vines, some about 20 ft long, and wound them up around our fists into bundles. Kids learned how to roll a swath of ivy into a carpet by cutting along all sides until a neatly rolled bundle formed. The kids built 4 ivy compost rafts. English Ivy – Hedera helix and Himalayan Blackberry Rubus armeniacus

Environmental & Adventure School Kids Removing Blackberries

Environmental & Adventure School Kids Removing Blackberries

Environmental & Adventure School Kids Pulling Ivy

Environmental & Adventure School Kids Pulling Ivy

Environmental & Adventure School Kids Removing Blackberries

Environmental & Adventure School Kids Removing Blackberries

Environmental & Adventure School kids Removing Blackberries

Environmental & Adventure School kids Removing Blackberries

Kids Removing Blackberries

Kids Removing Blackberries

Ivy Pulling Kids from Environmental & Adventure School

Ivy Pulling Kids from Environmental & Adventure School

...and that's a wrap, thanks EAS

…and that’s a wrap, thanks EAS

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