The front page article in the Dec 19th, 2012 issue of the Oak Bay News, features the work being done by the Monterey Middle School students, to remove invasive species on Anderson Hill. The article is titled Ecokeepers care for the land and can be read at http://www.oakbaynews.com/news/183987081.html. Congratualtions to MArgaret, who has been active in working with the students. The Friends if Uplands PArk has provided tools for the students and Margaret is their expert mentor and champions the work of these students. The caption under the front page photo reads:
“Monterey middle school students Quinton Wilson, left, Wyatt Geisbrecht and Jonathan Noone work mulch on Anderson Hill Park as they conduct an experiment working with the municipality’s parks department to control invasive plants. A group of approximately 21 students cleared gorse and broom in a select spot and then covered it with layers of newspaper and mulch in a technique called lasagna. The group will find out in the spring if their experiment works by keeping the unwanted plants from the sun and having the camas cover the area instead.”
“The project will continue in the spring with the help of volunteers Christina Johnson-Dean and Margaret Lidkea, as well as the district of Oak Bay, which provided the leaf mulch.”
Margaret, on behalf of the Friends of Uplands Park, has been so active in collaborating with the group of community members looking after Anderson Hill’s Garry Oak Meadows. Congratulations Margaret, and THANK YOU.