Another Successful Havenwood Garry Oak Meadow Conservation Event!

The Scotch Broom removal on August 29th was accomplished very successfully thanks to the dedicated group of volunteers who graciously gave some of their time and energy to help out this rare and endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem in the park.

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It was a perfect day for tackling this non-native invasive weed that is threatening the Garry Oak Meadow.

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Much credit also goes to the Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) for a great job in organizing this event.

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It felt good to be contributing to the park’s conservation while getting some fresh air and exercise in the park with a great group of volunteers!

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Here are a couple photos taken in the spring of Scotch Broom invading native wildflower growth in this area of the park.

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Without the help of volunteers HAT’s job to help conserve Havenwood Park’s natural ecosystems could not get done. FOHP encourages anyone interested in preserving this parks natural legacy to consider volunteering for future Havenwood restoration events.

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Join Us At This Upcoming Havenwood Park Restoration Event! Saturday, August 29th

Learn about restoring rare Garry Oak habitat in Havenwood Park and lend a hand!
Tools, training and coffee provided. Please bring water, a lunch or snack, and gloves if you have them.
This is a Habitat Acquisition Trust event co-hosted by Friends of Havenwood Park.  RSVP by email  or call 250-995-2428.
Coffee at 9:30am, work begins at 10am. Meet at the parking lot on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.
Hope to see you there!
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The Health Benefits Of A Nature Park

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According to the American Public Health Association, “People of all ages and abilities enjoy higher levels of health and well-being when they have nature nearby in parks, gardens, greenways, naturalized schoolyards and playgrounds, and natural landscaping around homes and workplaces.”

For those of us living next to Havenwood Park the opportunity to take advantage of this health benefit is a short walk away.

A FOHP  goal is to return the favor by helping to keep Havenwood Park healthy for many generations of park users!


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Follow Up On FOHP’s First Park Appreciation Day!

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On behalf of the FOHP team I am pleased to report that we had a very successful event!

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Havenwood Park lies within the Coast Salish traditional lands and we were honoured to have our event begin with a First Nation’s blessing delivered by Joan Morris from the Songhees First Nation community.




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Another guest speaker, representing the conservation covenant holder for Havenwood Park, was Wendy Tyrrell who provided a good overview on the role that the Habitat Acquisition Trust plays with the park’s environmental management. (Wendy center of photo)


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Lastly, but not least, was one of BC’s best known botanists Andy MacKinnon our distinguished guest speaker and nature walk guide. (Andy left side of photo)



Havenwood_Spring-Wildflower-Event 039Andy provided an excellent and entertaining job of  interpreting the forest while we walked the main trail to the Garry Oak meadows. By the time we arrived at the blooming wildflowers we had already received an overwhelming wealth of knowledge about the endangered Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem found in Havenwood Park.


FOHP send out a GREAT BIG thank you to all our guest speakers! 

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We also send our appreciation to the Royal Bay Bakery, the Red Barn Market and Quality Foods for supporting our event by providing the snacks and refreshments.


And thanks go to the City of Colwood staff who provided their support during our event advertising campaign, and they also loaned us tables.

We also thank all the guests who attended our event, and especially to those who signed up to join FOHP in our efforts to help preserve the natural legacy Havenwood Park  has to offer our local community. We appreciate your support!

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May 2 – Havenwood Park “Spring Wildflower Event”


Join the “Friends of Havenwood Park” community volunteer group as we host our first park appreciation event!

Special guest speaker “Andy MacKinnon” co-author of


Let us know if you are coming

RSVP to:

Parking/Meeting spot is HERE the park entrance on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway

48°24’50.56″N   123°30’18.83″W

(Between Cairndale Road and Latoria Road)

To find out the best route from where you are use Google Maps.

Havenwood Park is a beautiful 40 acre forest with well groomed hiking trails meandering through mature trees, ferns and Garry Oak meadows making it a favourite recreation spot for many residents. The FOHP group has formed to help the City of Colwood and the Habitat Acquisition Trust preserve the natural features of the park for residents and visitors to enjoy today and for generations to come.

Event Schedule:

Date – Saturday – May 2, 2015

  • 11:00 – 11:15    Attendee sign-in. (please be on time, or even a bit early)
  • 11:15 – Noon    Guest speakers talking about the park’s history and natural features
  • Noon – 12:30   Snack and refreshment time
  • 12:30- 2:30      Park nature walk
  • 2:30                   End of event back at the park entrance

What to bring:

  • Dress for the weather.
  • Sturdy, comfortable closed-toe shoes or boots

Note: Anyone under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

FOHP supports and is associated with the Habitat Acquisition Trust  who hold and manage the conservation covenant  for Havenwood Park.

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March 28th – Day 2 Of The First Havenwood Holly and Daphne Removal Event

The strong winds that greeted the dedicated volunteers arriving at the park soon settled down and then the fun began!

The holly and daphne piled up quickly resulting in another significant removal of these non-native invasive plants from the park.

Here are some photos of this successful park restoration day…





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FOHP join HAT and the Greater Victoria Green Team for a Havenwood Weed Pull!

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For the March 14th event a collaborative effort between the “Habitat Acquisition Trust”, the “Greater Victoria Green Team” and the “Friends of Havenwood Park” resulted in an enthusiastic volunteer group of “weed warriors” participating in a Havenwood restoration event.

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For the first time in the park restoration work is aimed specifically at removing invasive non-native English holly and Daphne laurel plants.

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The daphne and holly is being removed from the park before these invasive plants overtake the native species now growing under the forest canopy, in this area being primarily Salal (Gaultheria shallon) and Sword fern (Polystichum munitum).


It took some determined effort….

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for some impressive piles of daphne and holly to be piled up, even though this work party had to end a bit early due to some strong winds creating a safety risk.

A great effort by all!


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