English ivy: you’ve seen it on fences, buildings, and ballparks. It was brought to the U.S. from Western Europe for use as a landscape plant, but it quickly escaped into wooded areas. In a yard or on a building, its rapid growth was prized, but in a forest, this quality allowed it to form a blanket that smothers other plants.
The Old Forest has a significant amount of English ivy, and winter is a great time to attack it because not many other plants are green this time of year. That’s why we’d love for you to join us for a Weed Wrangle ivy pull next Saturday, January 23 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. We’ll meet at the Abe Goodman Golf Clubhouse and then head into the forest to remove English ivy (and maybe some Chinese privet as well!).
The Weed Wrangle is a citywide effort to remove invasive plants from our natural areas. You can learn more about other educational and volunteer events here.