We will be journeying to Esquimalt, near Victoria, this week (April 18-21) to once again help with the Earth Day celebration held annually at High Rock Park. Students from the area come to the park and help with various activities, including tree planting, trail mulching and removing invasive plants. Our job is the help to dispose of these plants the way we do best; by eating them! We hope for sunny weather, but the event goes rain or shine, and there are other interesting displays on site. If you’re in the area, please come by and say Hi.
Here is a link to the page https://www.esquimalt.ca/news-events/events/earth-day-2017
From July 19 through 22 we were working on an historic site in south Nanaimo, called the Morden Colliery Provincial Park. On this site are structures dating back over 100 years which were part of the Morden Mine, a vast network of underground tunnels used to extract coal. The history of the site is really intriguing; take a look at the website when you have a chance. http://www.mordenmine.com/
The grounds around the structure had become overgrown, and we were hired to clean them up.
These are the Before and After photos of the site. Cleanup took three days, with the wrangler helping somewhat with hand tools. There are more photos on our Facebook page.
We are looking forward to this coming Sunday, April 10, when we will be doing a demo at the Lighthouse Community Centre in Qualicum Bay. Every month the community hosts a Second Sunday market and pancake breakfast, and we will be there working near the hall to clear off some 8000 sq. ft. of overgrown blackberry and salmonberry plants. The best part? Pancake breakfast for the humans! If you are in the area please come by and say hi. We plan to stay until the job is done. https://sites.google.com/site/lighthousecommunityhall/pancake-breakfast
We recently worked on a residential job in Parksville, clearing a slope in a backyard of blackberries up to 2m. in height, along with some assorted weeds including horsetail and crown vetch. The crew had a great time climbing around on the hill, and revealed some stonework which had been covered with blackberry plants. The customer was happy with the results and has plans to put a terraced garden on the site.
Buster at work
Enjoying the slope!
We are having a wonderful day celebrating how grateful we are to live in this country.
With the beautiful sunny weather the herd made quick work of the blackberry patch that they tackled at Woodgrove Centre. Now on to our next adventure.
A couple of weeks ago we cleared part of the hill adjacent Woodgrove Centre in Nanaimo, a job which we were invited to tackle last year. This coming week we will be back to finish the other half, so please feel free to come by and say Hi if you are in the area. Sounds like a beautiful sunny week ahead.