Hope Keeps Redwoods Dream Alive

By Natasha Jones, Langley Times - July 31, 2008

Langley Township council ensures preservation of North Langley gem for generations to come. The rich and diverse nature of a small part of the Township-owned Redwoods Golf Course will be preserved in perpetuity in a newly-named Hope Redwoods Natural Area.

The reserve encompasses seven acres of the 175 acres of the course which the Township bought for $6.6 million in August, 2005. The golf course lies between 88 Avenue and 96 Avenues, east of 216 Street.

When the municipality announced the acquisition, it noted the property's significant heritage, environmental and wildlife attributes.

On Monday, Larry Hope expressed gratitude that the family name will live on in the nature reserve. He also gave council a brief history of how the property came to be in his family. His great grandfather, Alex Mavis, came to Canada in 1887. By January, 1888, he had bought 185 acres of the Hudson Bay property in Fort Langley.

Hope's grandfather, Charles Hope, came to Canada from England that year, and worked with a company to survey the Mavis property into lots.

Hope was active in a number of businesses which involved mining, land development and farming. In 1894, Hope, retained by Lloyd's of London to adjudicate disputes arising from the great flood of that year, walked from Agassiz to Ladner to assess the damage.

He bought the Redwoods property in 1902, and remained active in Fort Langley and north Langley until his death in 1949.

The Township, according to Larry Hope, could have acquired Redwoods more than 40 years ago.