COMMUNITY CUTS IN THE COMOX VALLEY are finished for 2016.
We have finished having community cuts in the Comox Valley for 2016
as many of the broom plants have already gone to seed.
Look for us next year!
Comox Valley Broombusters Report. Comox Valley 2016.
What a successful year we have had cutting broom! Here are some of our accomplishments:
Northeast Woods: After three years we have finished clearing broom from the huge meadow area. There were some huge broom trees and we made good use of our new reciprocating saw. The Town of Comox has planted some trees in the area cleared 2 years ago and people have made paths through was was once a broom jungle.
Ryan Road: All of the flowering broom plants between Crown Isle Road and Anderton Road were cut. This gives the appearance from the road that the broom is gone but any of us driving by will realize that it will be a multi year project to stay on top of the blooming broom (and thus keep it from going to seed) while we wait until other vegetation takes hold.
Guthrie and Pritchard Roads: The broom was cut bordering Highland School. This is a high visibility area and looks so much better now.
Nob Hill Greenway: This short greenway off Moore Road and the connecting right of way leading over to Sandcliffe Road were cleared of broom.
Rotary Trail: The broom along the Rotary Trail from 5th Street to 26th Street has been cut.
Cumberland Coal Hills Historic Park: We cut all of the broom in the coal hills adjacent to the Japanese Town Historic Site which we have cleared of broom over the past three years.
Highway 19 / Comox Valley Parkway Interchange: We were able to clear the broom from about 1/2 of the area between the highway and the northbound off ramp. This was slow going as the broom had been mechanically cut in the past and had thick intertwined low branches.
Cumberland Inland Storage: We were paid to cut the broom in front of this business with the funds used to augment our tool and chipping budget.
There were many people in the community who spent time cutting broom in areas where we had been in previous years, looking after what had been missed or new plants that had emerged. There is not enough broom in these areas to have a community cut there but this continued maintenance work is so important!
A couple of neighbourhood groups got together to tackle the broom on their roads. Rennie Road and Sand Pines Drive and Cres. look much better thanks to their efforts.
70 people were out from 19 Wing CFB Comox to cut broom at the end of Goose Spit past the cadet base. This is an enormous broom field and will keep them busy for at least another year.
Our thanks to Don Adams of Adams New Edge Sharpening (2351A Rosewall Cres. in Courtenay) for offering to sharpen our loppers at no charge throughout the season. Don has been helpful and accommodating, no matter how many times I dropped in with an armload of loppers.
For those of you who like statistics, here are a few for you:
27 community cuts
78 individuals out to community cuts
649 volunteer hours at community cuts
328 volunteer hours with groups (school groups, CFB Comox)
230 volunteer hours by individuals (as of 20 May - sore people have not yet submitted their hours)
As you drive around the Comox Valley pay attention to where there isn't broom - chances are there used to be broom there and it has been cut! Make note of where you think we should concentrate our efforts next year.
Thanks to all of you....those who came out day after day to community cuts, those who quietly took on a park, a neighbourhood or a street, those of you who cheer us on and who tell others about our work and those who support us financially. You are an amazing group of volunteers!
Until next year,
NOTES on what we have cut in the past - before 2016: I've checked out all of the areas where we cut the last couple of years and for the most part they are looking pretty good. I'm going to plan some mid-week cuts for us to return to some of those areas and look after what we missed or what has sprouted. If you live near any of these areas head on over with some loppers and see what you can do. All of this is small broom and can be cut and dropped (left where it is) to decompose.
Point Holmes Park - This park looks amazing! Some of the people who live in the area are going to look after the small amount of broom remaining in the park.
Lawrence Burns Park (behind the casino) - small scattered broom in the park.
Goose Spit and Hawkins Road - scattered, mostly small broom.
Piercy Walkway - scattered broom at both ends of the path
Crown Isle Park - scattered broom throughout
Ryan Road - Remember how much broom there was three years ago? The south side of the road is looking great with very little regrowth. Unfortunately there is lots of new growth on the north side, mostly due to poor soil conditions so little else grows there. Anyone who wants to roam along Ryan Road cutting any broom that is in blossom is welcome to do so and I'll set up some mid-week cuts there as well.
Hawk-Sheridan Greenway - It's been a few years since we cut the broom here. If you live in the area and want to take this on, pile the cut broom beside the paved path and I will arrange for pickup.
Hurford Hill - small scattered broom that can be cut and left.
If you are cutting broom on your own, please keep track of how much time you are spending and send me your volunteer hours at the end of the season. Also, please ensure that there is some way of disposing of the cut broom before you start! There is no broom pick up available on any of the roads in CVRD. These roads are managed by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure who do not provide funds or personnel for broom removal.