Bennett Bay .... An Opportunity for Weekend Visitors to get involved too!
Erin Ward, then Conservancy's Stewardship Lead, was cutting, pulling & sawing broom at Bennett Bay on Saturdays with a number of volunteers who joined our restoration efforts there. See the poster below for more details! (Click to enlarge)
Malcolm Inglis, Conservancy Director, will be leading groups of volunteers (see the earlier appeal appearing at the foot of this page) of broom bashers to deal with re-growth in Henderson Park. We will be on the job most Wednesdays. Here are the details in an e-mail sent to current and past members of BAT:
Hello all, You are receiving this email because you are on Rob Underhill's distribution list for broom removal events on Mayne. If you don't want to be on the list, just let me know.These appeals led to much satisfactory work at the two sites that concern us this year. Photos below document the progress. There remains much to do in the Henderson Hill Community Park and anyone who can help should get in touch by phone or email, using any of the contact info appearing on this page.
I'd like to organize a broom removal work party for this coming Wednesday, May 23, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm in Henderson Park. The focus will be to continue some previous work to clear a buffer around the conservancy exclosure just above Beechwood Drive. So let's gather on Beechwood immediately below the exclosure, one or two hundred metres or so before the circle at the end of Beechwood. I'll bring the Conservancy's loppers and hand pruners. Please bring your gloves, some water and suitable footwear.
This is very short notice, so I'll have a follow-up session in the same area the following Wednesday, May 30, also at 1:00 pm. If there are more than intermittent showers, we'll postpone. Either way, I'll send either a reminder or a postponement notice the same morning. Please let me know if you plan to attend either of these, so I know how many people to expect. And you're entirely welcome to attend both, of course!
Not having organized this activity before, I don't have a good grasp of what times of day, or days of the week, are best for you. So I welcome your feedback on these, and may change the time or date of the May 30 event accordingly.
Henderson Park has some severe infestations of broom, all blooming profusely right now. So the task of beating it back can seem overwhelming. However, it may help to keep in mind that this is one step in the Conservancy's long-term restoration plan for the park. And in the short term, we can take heart in returning one small area at a time, back to its former beauty.
Mayne Island Conservancy Society
Phone (office): 250-539-5168