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Sunnyside Acres volunteers turn focus to Chantrell Park

Ron Meadley and Brian Bjarnason of Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society work on some blackberry bushes that will be part of a plant removal day May 7.  - Brian Giebelhaus photo
Ron Meadley and Brian Bjarnason of Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society work on some blackberry bushes that will be part of a plant removal day May 7.
— image credit: Brian Giebelhaus photo

Volunteers who have worked since May 2006 to clear Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest of invasive plants are branching out.

As the forest has been largely cleared of nuisance species and replanted with native trees and shrubs, focus is turning to Chantrell Park.

“It’s a success story for the forest, for sure, and also for the community,” said Ron Meadley, president of Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society, of progress made in the forest.

Chantrell Park is an ideal location to turn to as it is in close proximity to the urban forest, connected by a natural-areas corridor, Meadley noted.

In conjunction with the City of Surrey’s urban forestry and environmental programs, work on Chantrell Park will get underway with a May 7 event.

There will be approximately 200 trees and shrubs to plant, Meadley said.

All ages are welcome at the rain-or-shine habitat enhancement effort, where invasive plants will be removed, native species planted and litter cleared.

Those planning to attend should dress for the weather and bring gloves. Refreshments will be provided.

The work gets underway at 10 a.m., near 139A Street and 22 Avenue.

 

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