Last week employees from our New York City office participated in a day of service hosted by Partnerships for Parks. “A unique public-private partnership between City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks,” Partnerships for Parks “supports and champions neighborhood volunteers by providing the tools needed to advocate and care for neighborhood parks and green spaces.”
SRDS volunteers worked alongside another corporate volunteer group from Floyd Advisory to clean up Queensbridge Park, located just across the East River from our Manhattan office. Volunteers were splits into two groups; one to rake leaves and one to help remove the Japanese knotweed from the fence.
Japanese knotweed, we learned, is an invasive species that is almost impossible to eliminate and poses a threat to the species growing near it. According to the National Park Service, Japanese knotweed is one of the most invasive species in the world. It spreads rapidly and can grow over 10 centimeters in a single day. With strong roots that can take hold even in pavement, it has long stalks like bamboo that grow to an impressive height. As an invasive species, it consumes minerals from the ground and limits the resources of other plants making it more difficult for them to grow. While Japanese knotweed is difficult to eliminate, digging up the roots can help to slow its growth.