The Boston Harbor Association’s Environment Committee is leading an effort to take on the ivy in Burfoot Park. English ivy is not native and does not belong in the park. It is running rampant up trees, crowding out native plants, enveloping benches, and encroaching on paths. It can harm and even take down mature trees. Left alone, ivy will overtake the park. We know that ivy will never be completely eradicated but we can save a lot of trees and native plants.
Join us at Burfoot Park every other Sunday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., beginning December 18th. We are starting with three pilot areas to gauge what we’re up against, learn what tools and strategies work best, and hopefully prove it can be done. Check out the progress at our pilot site near the Meadow shelter on the south side of the park. There’s a sign at the site created by BHA board member Bjorn Hartman.
Rooting out ivy can be fun and a real boost to body, mind, and spirit. You get to know your neighbors, exercise some muscles not often used, and feel productive and satisfied seeing immediate results. Plus, you get a boost by doing something for your community, the trees, and the plants. They would say thank you if they could speak, but they will show their thanks by thriving rather than struggling or dying.
If you’ve been wanting to do some volunteer work, this is easy, right here in the neighborhood, only two hours once or twice a month, or on your own time once you get the hang of it. All you need are gloves and a pair of pruners. Shovels, rakes, and cultivators (3-4 pronged hoe-shaped gardening tools) come in handy if you’ve got them. You’ll get dirty, and maybe cold and wet, so dress for the weather.
To get on the email list for updates and notices of ivy-pulling dates, email [email protected]. In the future, we will post information on the Boston Harbor Association website and Facebook page.
Upcoming dates: January 15, 29, Feb 12, 26, March 12, 26
Joyce Herschberger, Nina Goodrich, David Hartley, Nancy Brown, Lasha and Ed Steinweg, Kim and Mark Kelley