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PHOTOS: Invasive blackberry plants removed from White Rock beach

37 volunteers took to the beach on Saturday for project

White Rock is clear of more invasive blackberry plants as a local green team marked their third year cleaning up the city’s beach.

A group of 37 volunteers from the Lower Mainland Green Team removed 8.5 cubic metres of invasive Himalayan blackberry plants from White Rock beach on Saturday (May 4).

“Their hard work is giving native plants a better chance to grow throughout this space, making for a more functional, resilient and beautiful area,” the team’s manager, Ashton Kerr, noted to Peace Arch News.

A volunteer from the green team, Alexis, called the work they do “immeasurable.”

“Besides the physical difference of removing a bunch of blackberries, we had numerous people observe us, several people ask about our work, and children attend. … It’s delightful to know we’re doing something good for the environment no matter how small the act is.”

With three of seven clean-ups checked off, the green team is looking for more volunteers for their next trek in White Rock, on May 25 from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ruth Johnson Park to rid the space of invasive ivy and holly.

Interested individuals can sign up at