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free the fern

connecting community through environmental stewardship

Removal of Invasive Plants

Working with communities to remove invasive plants within the Champlain Heights area of Vancouver, B.C.

Supporting Growth of
Native Plants

Planting Native species to promote natural forest growth for future generations.

Fostering Community and Knowledge Sharing

Engaging the community in working the land, and providing education about invasive and native plant species.

Who we are

Free the Fern is a network of environmental stewards living within Champlain Heights area in South Vancouver, B.C. We support forest restoration by removing invasive plants and replanting native plants.


Each invasive species requires unique techniques for removal. At Free the Fern, we do our best to make the soil ready for planting.

A Future

When the area of Champlain Heights was developed for housing in the late 70’s and early 80’s, a portion of the original Douglas Fir forest was retained as the Champlain Height trail system. This trail system has become an important greenway for the community. It is where our children walk to school, where we exercise with our dogs, and where local seniors connect. In addition, it is where pileated woodpeckers feed, barred owls find their mates, and robins nest. In a world of uncertainty and change – what can we do to foster community? What will we leave for the future of ourselves and the planet?

“I love giving back to the community and being part of the change we see.”


“I’ve learned so much about the types local plants – and am able to identify the difference.”


“The fern is [their] favourite plant.”


Let’s work together

Are you interested to make the Champlain Trails a greener space? Do you want to get involved in the community? Impress your friend’s with knowledge? Let’s talk.