June 22nd, 2020 5:09pm

Buckthorn, a plant introduced to Québec for its ornamental qualities, is an invasive species. It prevents the growth of indigenous plants and limits biodiversity in wooded areas. The project, led Biodôme biologist Claire Vasseur, is to involve schools and residents of a Montréal neighbourhood to remove the buckthorn in a park in their area and reintroduce indigenous plants.

In 2019, 48 volunteers enthusiastically took part in four days of planting. A variety of trees, representative of the woods, were planted in the area most affected by the buckthorn. Overall, some 470 trees and shrubs were planted to boost the park’s biodiversity!

The project was subsidized in part by the Friends of the Biodôme????