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Volunteers plant native trees at Golden Gardens for Community Cares Day

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin
My Ballard
Seattle Parks, Friends of Golden Gardens and the Greenway Trust partner with Carter Subaru to celebrate Community Cares Day

This afternoon volunteers will remove invasive plants and replace them with native trees and shrubs at Golden Gardens.  The invasive Himalayan blackberry and English ivy will be removed by volunteers to celebrate Community Cares Day. In partnership with Carter Subaru, Seattle Parks and Recreation and Friends of Golden Gardens are organizing the restoration.

“We are looking forward to working together with our partners and volunteers to help restore Golden Gardens,” said Tor Bell, Stewardship Director for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. “This project is a great example of the breadth of the Greenway. Golden Gardens Park is as much a part of the Greenway as any of the forested areas in the Cascade Mountains.”

Community Cares Day is part of Carter Subaru’s commitment to the Mountains to Sound Greenway through their “On the Road to Carbon Neutral” program. Carter Subaru has assisted in the planting of close to 70,000 trees in the Greenway.

Past restoration projects at Golden Gardens have included the maintenance of two wetlands, the establishment of a short loop train and the restoration of the northern beach. Despite the successful work in the past more needs to be done. Himalayan blackberries and English ivy continue to encroach on the wetlands and forest and need to be removed. Volunteers will remove the weeds and help to plant native trees in their place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

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