One of the greatest threats to the good health of Forest Hill Park is the growth of non-native plants. The biggest menaces are English ivy and privet, both of which grow quickly and spread easily, but other invasives also compete for growing space, nutrients and sunlight.
Once each month since February, volunteers have worked in the park near the old azalea garden in the 3800 block of Forest Hill Avenue to remove invasive plants. The difference they have made is striking. Large pines have been freed of English ivy and euonymus, a field of young trees no longer stands in a thick bed of Japanese honeysuckle and the park’s sole hazelnut tree is no longer being choked out by privet.
Volunteers will return to the old azalea garden in the park on Saturday, May 20th, to continue the war on non-native plants. We will be on site from 9:00 until noon. Please consider working with us for 15 minutes, an hour or whatever time you can spare. Bring gloves and clippers. We will have bottled water and snacks.
Be a friend of Forest Hill Park on May 20th!