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Mini forest to be planted in Richmond to celebrate Earth Day

The Green Team will be pulling invasive plants at Terra Nova Rural Park on the same day the city plants a forest.
Earth Day events at Terra Nova Rural Park on Saturday include pulling invasive blackberry bushes and the planting of a dense forest.

The City of Richmond is planting a mini forest at Terra Nova Rural Park on Saturday, the first mini forest on municipal property.

The mini forest planting is the main event of the city’s Earth Week celebrations and will take place at 10 a.m. near the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environmental Park.

It will coincide with a blackberry pulling event, organized by the Lower Mainland Green Team at Terra Nova Rural Park.

The mini forest has dense plantings of diverse native species designed to mimic the complexity of natural forests.

As a result, mini forests grow quickly and provide environmental benefits such as increasing biodiversity and providing valuable wildlife habitat.

Last year, Richmond Secondary students planted a similar dense forest behind their school. This is called a “Miyawaki” forest, otherwise known as a “pocket forest.”

The blackberry bush pulling event runs from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Green Team events are done in partnership with Green Teams of Canada, and the City of Richmond.

For more information about pulling blackberry bushes and to sign up, click here.

For other Earth Day events in Richmond, click here.