It seems like I think every work party we have is the best. That was true on this day too. Eight students from the University of Washington’s Introduction to Environmental Science class, one student from Garfield High School, one neighbor and three GreenFriends members came together to do restoration work in the Greenbelt.
We cut blackberry vines, dug out blackberry root balls and bindweed (morning glory vines)
(click on any of the galleries if you want to enlarge the photos)
…. picked up trash
…. freed ferns
…. carried wood chips from a pile near 25th Avenue S and S Hanford, down the Hanford stairs, into the Greenbelt and scattered them in an area that will be used for a 250 square foot cluster of trees, shrubs and ground covers when we start to plant in the fall. Having the wood chips there will facilitate decomposition of the burlap bags that are under it and help to build the soil by creating mulch.
…. and moved debris to the rack zone to dry.
Vandya, Ellen, John and I organized the work party and led work groups. Vandya and I also took photos. At one point, we snapped pictures of each other taking photos!
During the three hour work party we cleared a lot of land. The next step will be to spread burlap bags to prevent erosion and weed growth.
One group dug out the biggest root ball we’ve found!
Needless to say, our July 9 work party was a big success.