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You can read about our successful past healthy habitat events below.

You can also learn more about past years' work at Beachway here.


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Past Events

You can view photos from previous volunteer events below or on our Facebook page.

2017 healthy habitat events

Burlington's Community Tree Planting events

On most Saturday morning's from April 22nd to June 3rd, the City of Burlington hosted tree planting events in each ward of the City where BG team members and citizens across Burlington, came together to plant a total of 2400 trees (400 trees at 6 locations). Great teamwork! It's a good thing we are coming together to add more trees to Burlington communities as unfortunately we are losing alot of trees due to Emerald Ash Borer. It is also very important that we protect the mature trees located on private properties in Burlington and that is why BurlingtonGreen continues to advocate for a practical, effective tree protection bylaw.  A healthy forest benefits all of us!



2016 Healthy Habitat Events


beachway sign 4BurlingtonGreen's "Green Up" restoration event – Beachway Park 2016

On May 28, 2016, BurlingtonGreen hosted its 6th Green Up event at Beachway Park. About 70 volunteers came out to help plant 4000 plants and grasses and 150 trees and shrubs, to continue our work of prior years restoring and stabilizing the area's fragile dune ecosystem. 25 bags of invasive species were also removed (mainly garlic mustard), and we are seeing less of it coming back each year.

We were also excited to work with our event partners to create and install 3 additional interpretive signs in the area (2 by the pavillion, and 1 much farther north along the Waterfront Trail) to complement last years' sign and explain to the public the importance of protecting the dune environment. Several other small signs were also installed asking people to please keep off the dunes.


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We are grateful to the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund and to project partners Conservation Halton, the City of Burlington,
and Halton Region for their important contributions to our 6 restoration events at Beachway since 2013.



   
2015 Healthy Habitat Events


BurlBeachSign SmallBurlingtonGreen's Community Clean Up Green Up - Beachway Restoration 2015

On May 30, 2015, BurlingtonGreen hosted its 5th Green Up event at Beachway Park as part of the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.  100 volunteers signed up for this collective effort to restore the area's fragile dune ecosystem by cleaning up litter, removing invasive plant species and planting thousands of native plants, shrubs and trees.

In total, we planted 216 native shrubs and trees along with 5220 native plants and grasses. The volunteer crew also removed 37 bags of invasive, herbaceous plants (primarily Garlic Mustard plants), and 6 huge piles of woody invasive plants were collected as well.

We were also very proud to create and install an interpretive sign to highlight the incredible variety of natural treasures found at Beachway Park, Halton's only dune environment.



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2014 Healthy Habitat Events

2014cugu beach1BurlingtonGreen's Community Clean Up Green Up - Beachway Restoration (Part 1)

On April 26th, 2014 BurlingtonGreen hosted the first of two Green Up events at Beachway Park that year, as part of the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.  More than 80 volunteers joined in the collective effort to restore the area's fragile dune ecosystem by cleaning up litter, removing invasive plant species and planting thousands of native plants, shrubs and trees.

In total, we were able to remove 31 bags of herbaceous invasive plant species (such as Garlic Mustard and Daylillies) in addition to 6, 4 ft piles of woody species (such as Buckthorn and Tree of Heaven). Once the area was cleared of litter and invasives, our volunteers went to work and managed to plant over 3000 native species!




2014gu beachBurlingtonGreen's Community Clean Up Green Up - Beachway Restoration (Part 2)

On May 31st, 2014 the second Green Up event of the year was held at Beachway Park where volunteers were kept busy removing lots more invasive plants and trees from the area and they helped restore the dune environment habitat by planting thousands more native plants, shrubs ans trees.

Over just a few hours, our volunteers removed 50 bags of invasive plant species (mostly Garlic Mustard) as well as two 4 ft piles of woody invasive species. With another big batch of invasives removed, we then began the significant task of planting over 5000 native species!

This was the 4th event BurlingtonGreen has hosted along Burlington Beach and thanks to our hardworking teams of volunteers, we have made tremendous progress in transforming this beautiful environmentally sensitive area. 

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