Monday and Tuesday, June 9 and 10, the Environmental & Adventure School kids returned to the park for their community service project. They spent 2.5 hours each day removing blackberries and ivy. These kids were in the park in March working on removing invasives. They learned how to construct an ivy raft so that bundles of ivy would dry and die. The raft starts out in an ivy cleared area, large branches make up the frame and we are lucky to have coffee sacks from Green Kirkland to lay inside the frame. In the past we piled twigs and branches to create a barrier between the ground and ivy bundles. The goal is not to have the ivy touch the ground and take root. You can see the raft piled high with ivy after the two day work party!
Most of the kids cut blackberries and grubbed the root balls out. The amazing before and after pictures tell the story. Wayne T, AES teacher, and I walked the cleared area and as we walked it we estimated about 7500 – 8000 sq feet of blackberries were removed. I would say half the area was maintenance because the kids were in the area in March and cleared the berries, many came back and were about 2′ high.