Victoria, BC – Volunteer with the Capital Regional District’s team to help remove invasive plants at Mill Hill Regional Park’s annual Broom Sweep. This science-based and award-winning restoration project brings dedicated community volunteers together with parks staff under the common goal of restoring threatened Garry oak ecosystems, including rare and endangered species.
“The Mill Hill broom sweep is the CRD Regional Parks largest volunteer initiative, with more than 100 individuals and groups joining up every fall,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Susan Brice. “Working with this great team is an ideal way to learn about the most effective techniques for removing broom and the experience gained over the project’s 12-year history. It’s a great opportunity to assist with environmental stewardship of the park.”
When: Saturday, October 5 and/or Saturday, October 19
(other dates may be arranged for groups upon request)
Shifts: Full day (9:30am-4pm) and half day (9:30am-1pm; 12:30-4pm)
Where: Mill Hill Regional Park, 490 Atkins Ave., Langford
Who: Reasonably fit individuals and groups are welcome
Thanks to the dedicated work of staff and volunteers, 2.4 metric tonnes of invasive shrubs were removed from the park’s meadows in 2012. Over a dozen years, 65 tonnes have been removed throughout the park. Before the project started, seven rare plant species were known to occur at 32 sites in the park. 13 rare species have now been found at about 180 sites! We are seeing other results as well, including more native species where Scotch broom has been removed compared to other areas. There is also an increase in numbers of two rare plant species, purple sanicle and white-top aster, two to three years after broom removal.
“Mill Hill represents a valuable remnant Garry oak stand which contains one of the highest concentrations of rare and endangered plants in the province,” said Brice. ” It is a treasure worth protecting.”
The project is undertaken by CRD Regional Parks with the financial support from the Government of Canada provided through the Federal Department of the Environment.
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | Cell: 250.889.8030