Monday, April 18, 2016

Fourth Annual Invasive Plant Awareness Month

Broom removal highlights the effects 
of invasive plants on Nanaimo's parks

May is Invasive Plant Awareness Month in the City of Nanaimo. This is the fourth year the City has held this special month to raise awareness of invasive plants and their effects on our parks and natural areas.

To kick off events, this past Saturday, Councillor Ian Thorpe, City staff, representatives from Broombusters and Departure Bay Neighbourhood Association along with other community volunteers got to work in Sugarloaf Mountain Park to remove spreading Scotch broom from the park.

The month-long event will feature Broombusters and other invasive plant removal work parties and days where residents can drop off invasive plants they have removed from their property to the Drop Zone at Bowen Park.

Those wishing to participate in any of the work parties throughout Invasive Plant Month can register through the City website or by calling 250-756-5200.

Work parties will be held thoughout the month of May and are listed on page 106 of the Spring & Summer Activity Guide. Residents can also organize their own events through the Partners in Parks (PIP) program.

Drop off your invasive plants - April 23 & May 28

Residents can drop off invasive plants they have removed from their property at the Drop Zone located at the Wall Street entrance of Bowen Park from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 23 and Saturday, May 28.

Improper disposal of garden waste in our parks increases the likelihood of spreading invasive plants. Residents can dispose of garden waste at the regional landfill (1105 Cedar Road) or compost it.

"Nanaimo is fortunate to have such a rich natural legacy which is something, as a community, we take great pride in. This can be seen by the many volunteers who make such great efforts to remove invasive plants from our parks." -  Councillor Ian Thorpe


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