Community gardeners teared up watching CP Rail contractors pull up their plots in the Arbutus corridor.
Today (March 2), crews were at the beautiful Maple and Cypress community gardens in Kitsilano, dismantling the half of the gardens that lies on CP property.
Maple gardener Kate Gole was out making a last-ditch effort to "save some daffodils" as the excavator crept up the garden.
"I've been here for 25 years, and I can't even talk about it," Gole said before getting too choked up to say anymore.
Meanwhile, one angry Maple gardener asked workers if they were "proud" of the job they were doing.
On February 6, CP posted the following update on its website: "On January 20, 2015, a judgment of the B.C. Supreme Court dismissed the City's application to prevent CP from operating along the Arbutus corridor and continuing its work. After taking time to evaluate the court's decision, CP is resuming steps for reactivating the corridor for rail operations."
Maureen Ryan, spokesperson for the Cypress garden, said it was "heartwrenching" to see plants being ripped out of soil.
"What has happened today is that large trees have been chainsawed and uprooted, and it's very, very painful for the community and for gardeners," Ryan said. "There will be rebuilding on remaining city land to try to restore some kind of environmentally beneficial habitat."
Ryan, however, acknowledged that some workers have kindly helped gardeners move trees and wood out of the path of the excavator.
"It is tragic that the negotiations between CP Rail and the city had to come to this," Ryan added.
According to Ryan, since CP started demolishing the Pine Street garden, Cypress and Maple gardeners had been working hard to salvage what they could from CP's property.
"The sad thing was members of the public came in and stole the stuff we dug up to save," Ryan said.
Still, Ryan maintained that the gardens of the Arbutus corridor aren't going anywhere, as gardeners are "resilient".