May 6th, 2006 Photographs by Victor von Salza
Six Friends of the Open Space Park together with 5 Bridlemile Creek Stewards and 3 other volunteers (total of 14) rescued about 4 dozen trees from the clutches of ivy, cleared about 500 sq. ft. of ivy from the ground, took down 3 holly trees, and removed a few blackberries.
Two trees before they were rescued.
Some of the ground ivy before it got removed.
Emily completing the girding of ivy at shoulder height.
Ryan cuts thru one of the larger branches of ivy on this tree.
Owen pulls off some of the ivy he has cut at shoulder and ankle height.
Steve pulling ivy from the tree after cutting it at shoulder and ankle height.
Stuart clearing some ivy from around the base of a tree.
Patrick clearing some ivy from around the base of another tree.
Kurt wadding up some ivy he has removed from around this large tree.
A bed of holly that Greg created to put removed ivy on top of so that it would not contact the ground and resprout.
Some of the ivy removed from and around trees piled on top of the bed of holly pictured earlier (above).
One of the many larger rescued trees.
Six of the approximately four dozen trees that were rescued.
Greg explained some of the many benefits of removing ivy to Ryan, Owen, and Partrick, and Victor explained how to work safely. Dave and two students came later in the day and removed more ivy and holly after the above photos were taken. In all, a good day.
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