Over several months of 2015 I worked once more with the Stanley Park Ecology Society re-purposing a variety of invasives by restoring compromised sites in Stanley Park. We use the ivy when it is freshly pulled in the spring for crocheting, let it dry out in the sun through the summer ( so it will not root) Then return it to the land as a net to hold fresh organic matter in place with new plantings of native species.
Over a few years, the nets will biodegrade, while the roots of the new plantings take over holding soil on the hillside. This project is in its third iteration- and has show great success on previous sites. We tried something new this time too weaving fences with blackberry canes.
Blackberry wattle fences to date (4 months along) show evidence of catching gravel and other debris, stopping gravel from running with water currents caused by strong rains down into the creek. In the past a strong rain would wash the pathway screenings downhill and fill the shallow creek, which is used by cutthroat trout en route to Beaver Lake. Our new wattles have gently terra-formed the hillside and along with the ivy netting are participating in a larger ongoing project to support wildlife in the Beaver Lake system.