Although English ivy has long been a popular outdoor decorative plant in Richmond, it is considered an invasive species outside of its native Europe, enough so that the state of Oregon has banned its importation and sale. The problem with English ivy is that when it grows uncontrollably on forest floors, it crowds out indigenous plants that would otherwise be growing there, in turn depriving birds and insects of major food sources.
Recently, a group called Ivy Out of Richmond has formed in order to remove English ivy from local sites such as Forest Hill Park. Attempts to pass legislation in Virginia's General Assembly that would restrict the growing of ivy have repeatedly failed, making these unofficial removal efforts all the more necessary.
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