Mon, Dec 11|
East End Beach (Parking Lot)
Bittersweet Removal / Intro to Basketry (Volunteer Opportunity! FREE!)
Join us in our efforts to contain invasive bittersweet along the bike path by the East End Beach in Portland!
Time & Location
Dec 11, 2023, 10:00 AM – Dec 12, 2023, 12:00 PM
East End Beach (Parking Lot), Eastern Promenade Trail, Portland, ME 04101, USA
About the event
So-called "Oriental" or round-leafed bittersweet is a creeping vine with inedible berries that is considered invasive in North America. Frustrating to gardeners and arborists, and not readily favored by birds, bittersweet is a largely useless bane on wild land. We can use traditional harvesting techniques to tend Asian bittersweet in the wild: harvesting material for baskets while controlling and suppressing future damaging growth.
Join us to remove invasive bittersweet, and other harmful plant species, from a valued common area. Afterwards, gain an introduction to the world of woven basketry. We'll use clippers, loppers and gloved hands to remove the plants, and then sit and learn to weave them into baskets.
Space in this class is limited. Preregistration is required to reserve a spot in the class. The event is "free," but we ask people to make a donation of at least $1, because it sucks when 15 people sign up for a free event and nobody shows up. Money is commitment that says, I will show up.
The class will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Please plan accordingly. If you know you can't attend class, a quick phone call or email is appreciated so we can make the spot available to other students. Contact Rewild Maine at (207) 449-7738 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
NOTE: This class will be held entirely outdoors, rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.
Rewild Maine is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We depend on donations from the community to offer free classes and workshops and we are grateful for your support. Scholarships are available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. All donations are tax-deductible.
Free RSVP (Suggested $5-15)$