2022 Broombuster Events in the Comox Valley

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The Comox Valley Broombusters work in the areas of Courtenay, Cumberland, Comox and the CVRD. Join us!

May 24 Tuesday -Cut your own broom day. Pick a spot near your home or take on one of these places:
– Comox Rd by the Kus-Kus-Sum fence. There are a few plants that we didn’t get to last week. A highly visible area! Add what you cut to the piles already there. Pick up is scheduled for Wednesday and it would be nice if all of the broom was cut before then. You definitely need loppers for this stuff.
– Lazo Rd – there is a stand of broom between the campground and Hutton Rd. Stack at the side of the road for pick up.
– Ryan Rd – there are a few plants between Costco and Home Depot – another highly visible area that could be done easily by one person. Toss the cut broom into the underbrush.

May 25 – 27 Wednesday – Friday 9:30 am – noon
. South side of Ryan Rd and then Anderton Rd between Ryan Rd and Idiens Way. Look for the Broombuster sign and the happy volunteers in high viz vests wearing green Broombuster caps.

May 28 Saturday 9:30 – noon
Orchard Park in Cumberland.  Drive the length of Dunsmuir Rd (the main street) and park at the end by the barrier. We’ll be cutting medium to large size broom and maybe some holly too. As a special bonus there will be donuts and muffins from the Cumberland Bakery.

Completed Cuts 2022

May 21 and 23 Saturday and Monday 9:30 – noon: Little River Nature Park. We’ll be taking a break from cutting along busy roads. Join us in this quiet park to cut small broom that has come up from seed. Follow Anderton Road and Ellenor Road and turn right onto Wilkinson Road just before the ferry to Powell River. 

May 20 Friday 9:30 – noon – Ryan Road continuing along from where we left off on Tuesday.  

May 19 Thursday 9:30 – noon –  Comox Rd by Kus-Kus-Sum Take the small access road off Comox Rd just after the merge from the 17th Street Bridge or park along the Kus-Kus Sum fence. Big broom with some blackberry bushes. Dress accordingly.

May 17 Tuesday 9:30 – noon – north side of Ryan Road. Look for the Broombusters sign This is small broom that has come up from seed.

May 14 Saturday 9:30 am – noon: We will have 2 community cuts today.

– Comox Road outside the Kus-Kus-Sum fence. We’ll focus on the area closest to the 17th Street Bridge. Park along the side of Comox Road by the fence. This is big broom!

– Point Holmes Park on Lazo Rd at Sand Pines Drive. We cleared a lot of broom here a few years ago and will be going after new growth and plants that we missed in the past. A good place to come if you want to be in a quiet park and deal with small to mid sized plants.

May 11 – 13 Wednesday – Friday, 9:30 am – noon: Beside the Hardy Road parking lot for Seal Bay. Drive north on Hwy 19A and turn right onto Hardy Rd (Paradise Nursery is on the corner). Follow the road uphill and around the bend to a big parking lot on your right. We will be to the left as you come into the parking area – just look for the Broombusters sign. Some medium sized broom and unfortunately some broom that was cut about 4″ above the ground a couple of months ago. Our plan is to cut all of the short stalks so that they won’t be a disaster next year.

May 8 – 10 Monday – Tuesday 9:30am – noon: We’ll be back in the Northeast Woods and, with any luck (actually, with lots of diligence) we’ll finish this area. If you haven’t been there yet, park in the parking lot at the end of Torrence Rd past the Comox Municipal Works office. Walk past the Broombusters sign by the yellow gate and follow the service road until it opens into the big field. Turn right when you get to the big field and look for the green wagon with tools in it.  Sign in, grab some tools if you don’t already have some and head downhill into the field. You may need to hunt around a bit to find us as we are sometimes behind stands of blackberries or wild roses. If you want to work on your own choose any part of the field that you would like! Everything is cut and drop.

May 2 – 6 Monday – Friday 9:30 – noon Northeast Woods. Park in the parking lot at the end of Torrence Rd past the Comox Municipal Works office. Walk past the yellow gate and follow the service road until it opens into the big field. Turn right when you get to the big field and look for the green wagon with tools in it.  Sign in, grab some tools if you don’t already have some and head downhill past the blackberries into the field. If you want to work on your own choose any part of the field that you would like! Everything is cut and drop.

May 7 Saturday 9:30 – noon Ryan Road. We’ll be back on the north side of the road working towards Crown Isle Drive. Look for the Broombuster sign. Let’s see how far we can get! All of the broom is cut and drop.

April 29 Friday 9:30 – noon Northeast Woods. Park in the parking lot at the end of Torrence Rd past the Comox Municipal Works office. Walk past the yellow gate and follow the service road until it opens into the big field.  If you want to work on your own choose any part of the field that you would like!

April 30 Saturday 9:30 – noon Ryan Road. We’ll start at Anderton and work towards Crown Isle Drive. Let’s see how far we can get! All of the broom is cut and drop.

April 26 – 29 Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 – noon Northeast Woods. Park in the parking lot at the end of Torrence Rd past the Comox Municipal Works office. Walk past the yellow gate and follow the service road until it opens into the big field. Continue straight ahead and look for the green wagon full of tools. We cleared the field of huge broom a number of years ago and are now dealing with what has come up from seed. All of it is cut and drop. If you want to work on your own choose any part of the field that you would like!

April 25 Monday 9:30 – noon Lazo Rd between Becton Dr and Barber Ave. There is no place to park on Lazo Rd so park on Forester Ave and walk along the paved walkway beside 400 Forester Ave. Turn right and walk carefully on the shoulder of Lazo Rd for a short distance. 

April 22 Saturday  9:30 am – noon by the dry retention pond at the corner of Lazo Rd and Becton Drive. 

Completed Cuts 2021
April 24, Saturday 9:30 am – noon. Guthrie Rd between Pritchard Rd. and Brooklyn School.
April 26 – 30, Monday – Friday 9:30 – noon. Guthrie Road or Northeast Woods.
May 1, Saturday, 9:30 – noon. Point Holmes Park. Corner of Lazo-Sandpines Dr.
May 3 – 7, Monday – Friday, 9:30 – noon. NE Woods.
May 10 – 14, Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 – noon; Northeast Woods.
May 15, Saturday, 9:30 – noon: Ryan Road
May 17-19, Monday – Wednesday 9:30 – noon: Ryan Road
May 20, 21 Thursday and Friday, 9:30 – noon, Northeast Woods. .
May 22. Saturday 9:30 – noon.: Orchard Park in Cumberland.
May 24, Monday 9:30 – noon: Dunsmuir Ave across from Orchard Park.
May 25, Tuesday 9:30 – noon Japanese and Chinese cemeteries:
May 26, Wednesday 9:30 – noon No. 1 Japanese Town -Coal Creek Historic Park.
May 25, Tuesday 9:30 – noon Japanese and Chinese cemeteries
May 26, Wednesday 9:30 – noon No. 1 Japanese Town
May 28, Friday 9:30 – noon: End of Dunsmuir Ave
May 29, Saturday 9:30 – noon. Northeast Woods.  

 

Contact

Bev Agur
Email: cvbroombusters@gmail.com

Make plans for cut broom removal before you cut!  Unfortunately, MOTI is not able to remove broom cut on the highways.  If you contact Broombusters in advance, sometimes we can help.  At the very least, we can offer advice on cut broom disposal.  To be a Broombuster, contact Broombusters first!  Cut at your own risk. Be safe and have fun!

Some HISTORY and a WELCOME:
We have a very active group of Broombuster volunteers and welcome you to join us.

We started Broombusting in the Comox Valley in 2009.  We have made great progress since then.
Recently, in 2021, we worked on Guthrie Road, in Point Holmes Park and in the Northeast Woods in Comox. In Courtenay we cut broom along the Rotary Trail and Ryan Road and in Cumberland we worked in Orchard Park, No 1 Japanese Town and by the Japanese and Chinese cemeteries. In the CVRD broom was cut in Little River Regional Park and along Curtis Road and Kye Bay Road as well as various other regional roads.

In previous years, we also worked in Crown Isle Park, at Goose Spit and along Knight and Lazo Roads.
We hope you have the opportunity to join us!
Bev Agur – Area Organizer