The parks in Richmond are being invaded!

Non-native species are covering ground (literally) and trees, too.

Several environmental groups are collaborating to provide training for invasive species identification and removal.

Please come to the workshop on March 1 to learn more.

Details below.  Registration is limited.  Register here.  


Handy Bandy Day

Please note the change in date from Feb 8 to Feb 15 and new link for volunteers…

Volunteeer here 


Here is a volunteer opportunity that may interest those who want to  help GET THE IVY (and other invasive plants) OUT OF RICHMOND….

Friends of Bandy Field will have a work day on Saturday, February 8.  

Some of the work will include invasive removal in an effort to keep these plants from infesting and consuming the parks foliaged perimeter and the its 2-acre central woods.

Learn more about Bandy Field here.



Ivy deserts growing in Richmond

ivy dseset

  As most of our native plants lose their leaves the green ivy is easy to see as you walk through your neighborhood or park.

Ivy and other non-natives are rapidly covering ground, creating ivy deserts where little else grows and some trees are nearly covered.

The problem can be overwhelming, but there is one simple thing you can do this fall and winter.

Small patches of ivy and ivy seedlings are very easy to spot when other plants lose their leaves and are very easy to pull up.

Search & Destroy!  Remove them now  before they grow.

Let’s keep our remaining natural areas ivy free and try to make your yard an ivy free zone.

Seedlings are easy to find in the leaf litter.  Remove them now.

Ivy seedlings are easy to find in the leaf litter. Remove them now.

Ivy desert in Forest Hill Park

Ivy desert in Forest Hill Park

Ivy covering mature tree.


This native fern can't last long with ivy nearby.

This native fern can’t last long with ivy nearby.

Join the Battle Against English Ivy

English ivy collage

With so many things to be concerned about these days and so much to do,  dealing with invasive plants may not be on your mind, but perhaps it should be.  English ivy and other  non-native invasive plants in the Richmond area are spreading quickly in all of the natural areas and destroying habitat wherever they grow and grow and grow.

Just take a look as you drive around town.  At this time of year it’s very easy to see infestations on  trees.  Each of those ivy loaded  trees will make seed for the birds to spread to another location.  It is absolutely out of control.

On Saturday, March 9, 2013, the Reedy Creek Coalition in Richmond will sponsor an Ivy Removal Workday at Forest Hill Park.  They will be providing guidance on how to kill ivy that is growing on trees.  Volunteer for this event at Hands On Greater Richmond.


Remove ivy from the base of the tree.  Leave the upper portion to die.

Remove ivy from the base of the tree. Leave the upper portion to die.

AND you can help just by keeping ivy off the trees one your own property.  NOW is the time to start.

  • Make your property an ivy free zone.
  • Subscribe to our website for updates and let us know about your progress.
  • Join volunteer groups that are removing invasive plants in our parks.
  • But before you begin, visit our English ivy page to learn how to remove ivy from the tree.

Left unchecked, English ivy could be the vine that ate Richmond.     Don’t let that happen!