The Oak Bay News has a few articles about how we can help out on Tree Appreciation Day in two Oak Bay Parks:
Oaks from acorns on Tree Appreciation Day (Sunday Nov 4 – 2012 at Uplands Park 10:00 – Noon)
A Day to Appreciate Trees (Sunday Nov 4 – 2012 at Uplands Park 10:00 – Noon)
All hands on deck for Tree Appreciation Day (Sunday Oct 30 – 2012 at Bowker Creek Park 10:00 – Noon)
You can still smell the scorched landscape and the blackened Garry Oaks, from the August 23rd wild fire in Uplands Park. The resilience of these Garry Oaks, to sprout new green leaves and to send up new shoots, is inspiring. A month of drizzle and rain has turned a once blackened landscape into green, as grass and moss return. Photos below taken were Oct 28, 2012.
On Oct 20 & 21, 2012, Friends of Uplands Park volunteers started the task of removing European Ash seedlings from Uplands Park. European Ash was apparently planted as part of the planning for the Uplands Development, back in the 1930’s, along what was intended to be the future route of “Essex Road”. Essex Road was never built, nor the houses planned for that road, and the Essex Road area is now part of Uplands Park.
Several years ago, in response to a report prepared by Richard Collier, Oak Bay Parks removed most of the mature European Ash from Uplands Park. Today, there are still 1000’s of seedlings and saplings that derive from the mature trees that were removed. We only managed to remove a few hundred European Ash seedlings and saplings last weekend. Problematic are the mature European Ash trees, on properties adjacent to Uplands Park, that continue to seed Uplands Park with new Ash trees.
We need to make a choice. Is Uplands Park to transition to a European Ash ecosystem? OR Can we sustain and preserve Uplands Park as a Garry Oak Ecosystem? These photos reveal the size of a mature European Ash and a maturing European Ash. (The bright green trees are the European Ash. The autumnal brown trees are our native Garry Oak).
EVENT: Birding in Uplands Park
Join Birder Geoffrey Newell of the Friends of Uplands Park in a bird walk from Cattle Point through Uplands Park. Meet at Cattle Point by the first boat launch. Bring binoculars, bird books or checklists or simply show up to enjoy the outing, rain or shine.
DATE: Sunday October 28, 2012
TIME: 8:00 am
CONTACT: Margaret Lidkea 250-595-8084
THANK YOU to everyone who came out today to help out with Day 2 of the Friends of Uplands Park 2012 Broom & Ash Bash. The Girl Guides worked on Broom Bashing and other community members, notably UVic students from Dr. Lauzon’s class, and the Scouts, focused on European Ash removal. The weather was perfect and the enthusiasm of all the participants infectious and inspiring. Hundreds of European Ash and Broom plants were removed. Mayor Jensen stopped by to congratulate all the participants for their hard work and shared a photo with the exuberant Girl Guides. Oct 21-2012 photos are below. Please let me know if you want an original, or, if you want me to remove any of these photos. Apologies if these photos are a bit fuzzy… in my preoccupation with Ash Bashing, the camera inadvertently got set to a strange setting. But .. what an amazing day it has been!
THANK YOU to everyone who came out today to help out with Day 1 of the Friends of Uplands Park 2012 Broom Bash… which we might rename as the 2012 Broom & Ash Bash. The Girl Guides worked on Broom Bashing and other community members, notably UVic students from Dr. Lauzon’s class, and one lone Scout, focused on European Ash removal. The wind almost blew down our Broom Bash sign but the weather otherwise held and great work was accomplished. Thank you so much to ALL participants. We have one more day of our Annual Broom Bash – Sunday Oct 21 – from 1-4, so please come and help out. Oct 20-2012 photos below. Please let me know if you want an original, or, if you want me to remove any of these photos.