Category Archives: Blackberries

Uplands Park Featured in Oak Bay News — “Blackberry-picking a priority in Oak Bay “

In case you missed it, there was some drama in Uplands Park on Tuesday, July 16, 2013: namely, an attempt to save a favourite blackberry patch in Uplands Park, from further destruction.

Read the article in the July 18th issue of the Oak Bay News ” Blackberry-picking a priority in Oak Bay ” at

The “unpublished story”: Oak Bay Parks set themselves the task of cleaning out the Midland Road ditch to ensure water flows freely, but in so doing, was also clear cutting a popular blackberry picking patch that grows on either side of the Midland Road ditch in Uplands Park. A lone bicyclist, en route to work, was horrified that the blackberry patch was being sacrificed, as collateral damage, and urged Oak Bay Parks to find a way to deal with the ditch cleaning without destroying any more of the Blackberry patch. To their credit, Oak Bay Parks, decided to postpone further ditch work until after blackberry season. It is hoped that Oak Bay Parks will find a more sensitive way to address the ditch work and also find a way to do so without further wide scale destruction of this popular blackberry patch.

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Blackberry Thorns May Help Discourage Bikes in Uplands Park

I walked my bike through Uplands Park last week (I did not ride my bike) and managed to pick up 3 separate blackberry thorns. OK, I had first parked my bike right beside the Blackberry Patch while I was picking blackberries, so this is likely where I managed to collect all those thorns, rather than on the trails. In any case, this lead to three trips to Oak Bay Bikes & 3 new inner tubes. Oak Bay Bikes only found one thorn each time my tire went flat, thus the 3 successive visits. Riding a bike is prohibited in Uplands Park because of all the endangered species, but maybe the possibility of blackberry thorns (and rose thorns too) will help keep all bikes, even those being walked, out of Uplands Park? I hope I learned a lesson here, much as I love to wander through Uplands Park pushing my bike in one entrance and out another. Mostly I hope we can get a bike rack at the Midland entrance to Uplands Park, where the big blackberry patch is found. Lots of community members are picking blackberries in Uplands Park these days and the blackberries are plentiful and very beautiful. (Posted by Kathleen)