See how volunteers transform 5 acres in 8 years

CoxConsesrvesHeroes | October 18, 2010 | Through Bob Jackson’s efforts, Forgotten Creek has gone from a dumping ground to a park with native plants, interpretive signs and a boardwalk. He helped create this natural haven in his neighborhood through on-the-ground improvements, volunteer recruitment and inspiring others. Forgotten Creek brings neighbors closer together through restoration for the benefit of everyone. Environmental Nonprofit of Choice: EarthCorps
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How and why to fight invasive English Ivy (Hedera helix)

dianecooperMG | September 19, 2010
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Oxford study shows ivy’s destructive nature compensated by multiple benefits

A recently completed study indicates that intact structures can benefit from leaving existing ivy in place. As a vegetative canopy, ivy can serve as a shield against the effects of temperature fluctuations and pollution. Professor Heather Viles of Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment, commenting on the three-year project, offers guidance for those maintaining historic monuments:

Ruined church interior

Ivy has been accused of destroying everything in its path and threatening some of our best-loved heritage sites. Yet these findings suggest that there are many benefits to having ivy growing on the wall. It not only provides colourful foliage but also provides walls with weather-proofing and protection from the effects of pollution.

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