“The bloom is now on the broom and this is the time of year when we join with our neighbours to clear that invasive plant from our highways and byways,” says local BroomBusters cofounder, Carol Couture. “Scotch broom is an invasive plant and it is taking over huge areas of Vancouver Island.”
This is the second year that the Campbell River branch of Broombuster.org has formed a team to tackle broom at the main entrances to the community. The first meet of the season will be Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the corner of Hilchey Road and South Dogwood. Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves, small saws and clippers if possible. Large loppers and safety vests will be provided.
“Last season our team cleared off great tracts of broom at the main entrances to the city but there is still much more to do,” said co-organizer Morgan Ostler.
Once South Dogwood and the entrances to that route are clear, Ostler says they will be working on the Jubilee Parkway and are looking forward to joining forces with the Noon Hour Rotary Club to take on that formidable task on Saturday, May 31.