BroomBusters
Cut Broom in Bloom
Vancouver Island & BC Mainland's Grassroots
Scotch Broom
Containment Campaign
2014 Community Cuts are being planned

Previous Years
2012
2011 2010
For Oceanside, Comox Valley, Nanaimo, Lantzville, Campbell River & more....
Scroll down this column to find your community. Past cuts are in right column.
** Contact Broombusters first before cutting on MoTI roads! Details on right.

2013 Community Broom Cuts - Finished!

In May-June 2013, there were about 500 Broombuster volunteers who went out to cut broom in mid-Vancouver Island, clearing dozens of parks and roadways during over 40 community cuts, from Campbell River, south to Nanaimo and west to Port Alberni.  Broombusters helps communities organize cuts, but local volunteers cut the broom where they live.  Qualicum Beach started in 2006 and is almost broom free now.  In 2013, the Port Alberni Rotary Club started the Broombusting effort around the Alberni Valley Multiplex and Alberni District Secondary School.

Comox Valley: Bev Agur
bevagur@shaw.ca

Nanaimo & Lantzville, Port Alberni & Oceanside
info@broombusters.org


Phone:  250-752-4816

Campbell River

Carol Couture/Morgan Ostler are organizers. Contact: msostler@telus.net

 

 



Parksville Interchange May 2012
May 21, CTV Bruce Williams ran a segment on Broombusters for "I Love This Island." Watch it!
May 22, 150 volunteers worked for 6 hours in Courtenay! Thank you CFB Comox.


** Pick up of Broom MUST be prearranged. It is only available in some areas. You must make your own arrangements. In some cases, Broombusters can help. On MoT land, there is NO broom removal except in certain locations in the RDN prearranged by Broombusters. No exceptions. Sorry. The cities and towns have different regulations. Email info@broombusters.org.


Below are the Completed Cuts of 2013


OCEANSIDE - PARKSVILLE, QUALICUM BEACH & AREA
Sat. June 8. 9:30-12:00 First Parksville Exit from Hwy 19. (#46 from Inland Island Hwy.) The last BIG cut of the season. Let's finish the loops and banks that we started this year on the mountain side of the first Parksville Exit. It looked impossible but we are almost done. Please try to come! They said it couldn’t be done – LET’s DO IT! Look for signs.

Wednesday June 5. 9:30-11:30. Along Alberni Hwy. CHEK news came and filmed us. Across from Err Road.

Thur. June 6. 9:30-11:30. At the intersection of 4A and 4… at Coombs Country Junction. A manageable amount of broom has come back where we have spent days clearing in years past. A rewarding place to cut.

Sat, June 1, 1:00-3:00.  Alberni Hwy IN Parksville.  Park at the Train station.  We will cut on Alberni Hwy and also we may cut some on the Interchange.

Wed. May 30. 1-3:00 Along Hwy 4 towards Cameron Lake.
Wed. - 9:30-11:30.  Memorial Road in Qualicum Beach. At Interchange
Sunday, May 26. Parksville Interchange #46. 9:30-11:30. Along Chattel Road. The Gun Club on Chattel Road will cut broom on the way to Top Bridge. The roads of the interchange and the road to Top Bridge are all intertwined. Lots to do... please join us!

Sunday, May 26. Qualicum Beach Family Day. Broombusters will be in the parade! Want to join in? We'll also cut along Jones and around the Civic Center during the festival. 12:00-4:00. Saturday, May 25:
1:00-3:00. Alberni Hwy from Bellevue to Fairdown Road. We finished almost all of it! (3 years in process....)

Wed. May 22. 9:30-11:30. Crystal Terrace on 19A Qualicum Beach

Mon. May 20: Victoria Day.  9:30-12:00.  Parksville Esso Station on Island Hwy. (Near entrance to Rathtrevor Park.)  We’ll cut all along Island Hwy towards to Resort end of Parksville. We cut there last year, and have clean up to do. WE WERE FILMED BY CTV Bruce Williams for "I Love This Island." which ran 2x on TV on Tues. May 21. It can still be viewed on the internet.

Sat. May 18. 9:30-12:30.  Parksville Interchange - Alberni Hwy going under Inland Island Hwy (Hwy 19).  Exit #51. Park at train station or carefully under overpass.   We made huge progress last year, and we want to complete our work! 

Thur. May 16.  9:30-11:30.  Hilliers Road – just outside of Qualicum Beach.  Hilliers Road is the extension of Jones on the other side of Rupert Road.  We’ll start cutting at the first broom close to Hilliers & Rupert / Laburnum Road and head towards the dead end at Hwy 19.  People have been cutting on that road.  Let’s help them!

Wed. May 15. 9:30-11:30. Alberni Hwy in front of SPCA and moving towards Errington Road.

Sat. May 11. 9:30-12:00.  Parksville Interchange #46 from Inland Island Hwy. Weigh Station.  Park at the weigh station and then we’ll take on the yellow hills and banks on all sides. Let’s have a big turn out on this one!  There’s giant broom everywhere.  Plenty to share.

Sat. May 11. Parksville Flats
in several locations depending on numbers of volunteers. Meeting place is in the parking lot at the bottom of Shelly Road at 9:00 am.Wed. May 8.  9:30-11:30.  Downtown Coombs. 
Across from General Store.

Parksville - Wed. May 1 9:30-11:45. On Alberni Hwy, on the Coombs side of Exit 51 from Inland Is. Hwy. Across from Pet Mania, at Arrowsmith welcome sign. We will finish the long stretch what we started last year.

Qualicum Beach. Sat. May 4, 9:30-12:00. Qualicum Beach. On Memorial Road near interchange with Inland Island hwy.  There is lots of small broom visible from the road.  Park carefully on Memorial, closer to Qualicum Beach, where it is legal to park.  The Corrections Crew cut down huge amounts of broom within the interchange.  Let’s make it totally broom free! 

• THE RIVER NEVER SLEEPS Festival. Sunday May 5, 10-3:00. 8425 Berray Road, Fanny Bay. A celebration of salmon and their ecosystem. Broombusters will have a display and cut broom on the hatchery grounds.

COMOX VALLEY - COURTENAY

Comox Valley - Saturday June 8th beginning at 10 am:
We'll be cutting broom in Cumberland at the No 1 Japanese Townsite in Coal Creek Historic Park (adjacent to the Coal Hills). From Cumberland, drive approx. 2 km. along Comox Lake Road. The Japanese townsite is on the left and is signposted. There is a parking lot by the townsite or park carefully along Comox Lake Road. This  event is being co-hosted by the Village of Cumberland and the Coal Creek Historic Park Advisory Committee.

Saturday, June 1st - 9 am - noon We'll be continuing along at the west end of Ryan Road. Drive past Lerwick Road and you'll find us on the right where the piles of cut broom end.

Wednesday May 29th 9:00 - noon. West end of Ryan Road, across from the Mazda Dealership. Park carefully along the side of the road.

Saturday, May 25th: Lawrence Burns Park. Located behind Chances Casino - park at the back of the casino lot, facing the broom. The broom is big and the city plans to convert this from a broom wasteland to a park with native trees. Monday, May 20th: Victoria Day and we're back by the Royston wrecks

Saturday, May 18th: Royston wrecks. Turn off Hwy 19A at Hilton Road (opposite Hiawatha Evergreens) and drive down the gravel road a short distance to the end. There's lots of parking and lots of big broom too.

Wednesday, May 15th: Hawkins Road (the road that takes you to Goose Spit). We'll be near the top of the road. There is a small pull out at the bend in the road for parking. Otherwise park on Balmoral or on Croteau.

Saturday, May 11 9:30 am - noon: Hawkins Road and Goose Spit. Park in one of the Goose Spit parking lots. We'll start with the broom along the path in Goose Spit. there is also broom at the top of Hawkins road (the road that leads down to Goose spit) but parking is not great there. We'll probably have some people walk up the hill to tackle that area.

Saturday, May 4 9:30 am – noon:  Crown Isle Park (also known as 150 Year Grove) at the corner of Lerwick and Malahat. We cleared a lot of broom here last year and will tackle the broom at the back of the park.

Courtenay: Saturday, April 27  9:30 am – noon:  Guthrie Road between Torrence and Pritchard. Park in the Public Works Yard at the end of Torrence. There is big broom, small broom and a few dreaded blackberries so wear long sleeves and long pants.
Wednesday May 1 9:30 am - noon: Continuation of the cut on Guthrie Road

Campbell River
Saturday morning at the Eagles parking lot on 14th. 10-12pm.

Carol Couture/Morgan Ostler are organizers. Contact: msostler@telus.net

Campbell River Communities in Bloom members have taken on the challenge of clearing our seaside community of broom. When Joanne Sales of Qualicum approached Campbell River City Council to present the need for clearing the community of broom the CiB group could not resist the call to action. We are excited to be part of an extraordinary group of Island broombusters who are committed to clearing their communities of this invasive weed.

NANAIMO:

Sat. June 1, 10-12:00.  Lantzville.  The intersection of Superior Road and Hwy 19.  (Mountain side.) First cut for Lantzville.

May 30th - 1-3:00 - 685 and 695 Railway Avenue (between 5th Street and 7th St.)

CUTS WITH NANAIMO PARKS
June 1 – 10:00-12:00 Bowen Park – Invasive Plants
May 25 - 10-12:00  North Nanaimo Centre - behind mall closer to Rutherford
May 23 - 1-3:00  North Nanaimo Centre - behind mall closer to Rutherford
May 17 - 10:00-12:00  Serauxmen Field
May 8 - 10-12:00 Piper's Lagoon. Removal of Invasive plants.
May 11 – 1:00-3:00  Beban Park – Invasive Plants
May 13 - 1-3:00  Woodgrove Center