Friday, April 24, 2015

May is Invasive Plants Month in Nanaimo


May is Invasive Plants Month

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

Like last year, the focus will be on English Ivy and the importance of removing it from trees throughout the community as well a focus will be on removing Scotch Broom. The month-long event will feature Broombusters and English Ivy removal work parties and days where residents can drop of invasive plants they have removed from their property to the Drop Zone at Bowen Park.

Invasive Plants Month kicks off on April 25 where the public is invited to participate in a Broombusters work party at Northfield Park (at Tourist Information Centre) from 10:00 am to noon. Those wishing to participate in this work party and other work parties throughout Invasive Plant Month can register through the City website or by calling 250-756-5200. See page 56 of the Spring and Summer Activity Guide for more information on these work parties.

Residents can drop off invasive plants they have removed from their property at the Wall Street entrance of Bowen Park from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on May 8 and from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on May 31.

"Invasive plants have a negative impact on native plants in this area. Through education and progressive removal of these plants, we can work towards ensuring the rich natural legacy of Nanaimo." - Rob Lawrance Environmental Planner City of Nanaimo 

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