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Nanaimo residents take part in a variety of work parties as part of Invasive Plant Month and to bring invasive plants to one of two drop zones to protect parks and natural spaces from being overtaken by invasive plants.
"Invasive plants are non-native plants that cause environmental harm to our ecosystems by out-competing our native plants for space, nutrients and sunlight,” says Mayor Leonard Krog. “They can lessen the diversity of
our ecosystems and destabilize them, increasing further invasion of non-native plants. Join the community for some organized invasive plant work parties with Parks, Recreation and Culture to help keep our parks and open spaces free of invasive plants."
Invasive plants have the potential to negatively impact local ecosystems. Plants, such as English Ivy, Scotch Broom and Himalayan Blackberry, are well established in Nanaimo. Others, such as Knotweed and Giant Hogweed are spreading.
Work parties will focus on the removal of Broom, Daphne and Ivy at various locations, including Pipers Lagoon Park, Neck Point Park, Linley Gyro Park, Lotus Pinatus Park, Sugarloaf Mountain and Bowen Park. Also, residents who remove invasive plants
from their own property can bring them to the two Drop Zones for safe disposal.
All work parties will follow the latest COVID-19 protocols by working in small groups, physically distanced and wearing
If you are able to participate in any of the work parties, you can register through the City website or call 250-756-5200.
Invasive species control falls under Environmental Responsibility, one the four Pillars of Sustainability
in the City's Strategic Plan.
Residents can drop off invasive plants they have removed from their property at the Drop Zones located at Linley Gyro Park on Saturday, May 1 and at Bowen Park (off Wall Street) on Saturday, May 29. Both Drop Zones
are open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Online program registration for Work Parties