Quinn Macmillan / Staff reporter

Gleneagle is staying green this year as a group from leadership 12, taught by Adam Hayes, organized an invasive plant species removal in the Noons Creek area on November 28.

Event organizers were Connor Macmillan, Erik Iverson, Lucas Hung, Samantha Li, all grade 12, and Bill Nguyen, and Carter O’Neil, both grade 11.

25 students showed up to the plant removal where they had to put on gloves and get dirty. Students spent three hours pulling out English ivy, which strangles trees, and Lamium, that covers a lot of the ground you see in the forest.

These species of plants are not native to BC and the removal of them helps forests grow and have native species flourish.

“It felt great protecting our trees and plants while giving back to the community,” stated Abdul Masood, grade 11, who volunteered with the clean-up.

“I was very energized by the amount of initiative and care that the 25 students brought to the removal. It was super inspiring to be around like-minded people eager to make a change in our community. I think that the fact we did anything at all is a success, but it still exceeded my admittedly high expectations,” said organizer Macmillan.

Currently there are no new green initiatives planned but with climate change and environmental problems in the world larger than ever it is likely that there will be more. The leadership group organized the green fair that ran on November 12.

“I hope that the Gleneagle green fair as well as more plant removals can become a tradition at Gleneagle,” Macmillan said.

For future generations of Gleneagle students, our community hopes that green initiatives and helping save the planet will become a tradition and our world will look a little greener.