Ganges, BC - The Capital Regional District (CRD) and PARC Parks and Recreation has partnered with Transition Salt Spring and the Salt Spring Island Agricultural Alliance to provide a permanent home for the popular Bring Your Branches service and the new Fall Leaf Exchange program.
“This partnership is another demonstration of how the CRD can provide new services to residents using a combination of existing resources and community volunteers, at no additional cost to taxpayers,” said CRD Director Wayne McIntyre.
The last Saturday of every month from October through April, with the exception of December, will see the return of Bring Your Branches. From October to March, Salt Spring Island residents are invited to bring branches and other woody yard waste to Rainbow Road Park behind the swimming pool between 10 am and 2 pm. Access is from Rainbow Road and material must be clean and suitable for chipping, with no invasive species, stumps, stones, garbage or construction waste.
A donation of $5 per pickup load or $2 per car load is requested to help cover the cost of chipping. Chips may be picked up on a first-come first-served basis, with a limit of one pickup load per family, also by donation. Invasive species may be dropped off at the end of Kanaka Road, next to Rainbow Road Park.
From March to April, Bring Your Branches will move to the Salt Spring Golf and Country Club parking lot to avoid disturbing the heron rookery at Rainbow Road Park.
The new Leaf Exchange will take place at Rainbow Road Park every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm during the fall. Residents are asked to bring bags or pick-up trucks of leaves and empty them into the leaf enclosure, ensuring that leaves are free of pet waste and other contaminants. Those who require leaves for mulch or compost are invited to load up one pick-up per family.
“We are still a long way from composting all our organic waste on-island, but having a permanent CRD site for leaves and branches is a huge step forward,” said Elizabeth White, coordinator of last year’s Bring Your Branches pilot. “I am really pleased that chips and leaves will be available to growers on an ongoing basis. Many thanks to Lorraine Brewster and Kirk Harris from CRD for making this happen.”
The Bring Your Branches and the Fall Leaf Exchange programs are designed to recycle organic waste on the island while supporting local organic food production. Wood chips can be used to mulch paths and, when mixed with nitrogen-rich material such as animal manure, will compost nicely. Fall leaves are excellent for mulching vegetable beds over winter and for composting.
Transition Salt Spring and the Salt Spring Island Agricultural Alliance are delighted that the CRD has provided a permanent site for Bring Your Branches and the Fall Leaf Exchange program. Volunteers will collect the Bring Your Branches donations and the CRD will arrange chipping.
For further information, please contact:
Manager, Salt Spring Island Recreation