This is an archival consolidated post from the previous incarnation of our website.


On January 5th a large joint gathering of volunteers from our trail work and invasives teams tackled the young hand-pullable broom in the Drumbeg Park meadow, and used the Extractigators to pull some of the mature Daphne laureola in the shady areas. A couple of weeks later they pulled another huge pile of Daphne, which the BC Parks people will haul away in their trucks. Great ways to kick off the new year!

Two smiling people brandishing cut daphne


Libby rallied the invasives enthusiasts to tackle Daphne laurel at Twin Beaches, and Daphne, holly, and young broom in Drumbeg Park.

Workers cutting broom in bloom


Throughout May, while BC’s parks were closed to the public, the invasives team had special permission from BC Parks for small, spaced groups of volunteers to cut broom while it was blooming in Drumbeg Park’s camas meadow. We were delighted to find camas lilies blooming and Garry oaks sprouting in areas cleared in the last year or two. Individuals and small groups continued to organize neighbourhood Daphne and broom cuts around the island and GaLTT arranged for the cuttings to be trucked to a central location for disposal.

Man with shovel and protective gloves by giant hogweed plants
Don Hare, Executive Director of Coastal Invasive Species Committee, joined our committee members to deal with a small local giant hogweed infestation.


At the end of July BC Parks came with their truck to help our volunteers take the piles of dried cut broom from Drumbeg Park to the disposal area for controlled burning later in the Fall.

Garbage bags of tansy flowers loaded on a bicycle
A little free-range collection of tansy ragwort flowers, by a volunteer on a bicycle.
Buckets of seeds for camas meadow restoration


After removing thickets of broom in the spring, we were concerned that the bare soil would immediately be colonized by other invasives. GaLTT seeded small sections of meadow at Drumbeg with a native seed mix put together by a Vancouver Island native plant specialist. We received funding from BC Parks to buy the seeds (not cheap!) and to get advice on the mix. We are very excited to see if we are successful! (Please avoid walking on the marked-off areas.)

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