2024 Broombusters
in the Comox Valley

Welcome Volunteers of 2024!

Community Cuts

Upcoming CUTS this week 2024:

May 18 Saturday 9:30 – noon Nikkei Park in Cumberland. This is a new area for us. The park is on Cumberland Road, just past the new firehall. Park on Third Street or Kendall Ave. Medium sized broom with some larger broom plants on the adjoining greenways.

May 23rd Thursday 9:30 – noon: Bevan trailhead. We were here a couple of weeks ago and are making a return visit. Medium and large broom. Follow Lake Trail Road out of Courtenay. Drive under Hwy 19. At the stop sign continue straight ahead. Drive for 2.2 km and turn right into the road to the Comox Valley Water Treatment Plant. Turn left, drive up a small hill and you will discover a large new parking lot.

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COMPLETED CUTS OF 2024

April 13 Saturday 9:30 am – noon. Kye Bay Road at the top of the hill. Park either where Wireless Rd joins Kye Bay Rd. or in the pull-out area on the left just before driving down the hill.

April 15 – 16 Monday and Tuesday: Cut on your own days

April 17-19, Wednesday – Friday 9:30 – noon:  Kye Bay Road at the big bend just before the hill. Park either where Wireless Road joins Kye Bay Rd or in the pull out area on the left just before you drive down the hill. 

April 20, Saturday 9:30 – 12:00 This will be our last day cutting in Kye Bay Rd. Park where Wireless Rd meets Kye Bay Rd just before the big curve. 

Apr  22 – 26 Monday – Friday 9:30 – 12:00. Ryan Rd starting at Anderton Rd and working towards Crown Isle Drive. Every year we return to cut the new growth that has come up (and the plants we missed the previous year.)

April 27 Saturday  9:30 – 12:00 Hardy Road parking lot for Seal Bay Park. We will be joined by the Back Country Horsemen today!

April 29, 30, May 1 and May 3 (Monday – Wednesday and Friday) 9:30 – noon: We’re continuing to work our way along Ryan Road. Join us for an hour or more and let’s see how far we can get. This is all small broom that has come up from seed.

May 2 (Thursday) Cut broom on your own day. Ryan Road, NE Woods or the Hardy Road parking lot for Seal Bay are suggested sites.

May 4 Saturday 9:30 – 12:00: By the parking lot for the Bevan trails. Lots of medium sized and large broom plants as well as some very large broom for those who like to cut big things!  

May 11 Saturday 9:30 am – noon. Hardy Road parking lot for Seal Bay. We were here a couple of weeks ago and hope to get all of the remaining broom cut. Medium sized broom.

 

Completed Cuts 2023

June 9 and 10 Friday and Saturday  9:30 – noon: No 1 Japanese Town: 

June 8 Thursday 9:30 – noon: Orchard Park.

June 6 and 7 9:30 – noon: Tuesday and Wednesday Cumberland cemetery.

June 5 Monday 9:30 – noon: Ryan Road. We almost finished the north side of the road last week! 

June 3 Saturday 9:30 – noon: Cumberland Municipal Cemetery. 

May 29 – June 2 Monday  – Friday 9:30 – noon: Ryan Road starting at Anderton and working back towards Crown Isle. 

May 22 Monday 9:30 am  – noon: Wondering what to do on Victoria Day? Join us in Little River Nature Park! 

May 23 – 26 Tuesday – Friday 9:30 am – noon: We’ll be back in the Northeast Woods. 

May 27 Saturday 9 am – 11:30 am (note the earlier time): Kye Bay Road just before the hill: Lots of small to mid sized broom.

May 15,18,19 Monday, Thursday and Friday 9:30 – noon: Northeast Woods. J

May 16 and 17 Tuesday and Wednesday: Cut broom on your own days. Y

May 20 Saturday 9:30 – noon: Lazo Road heading towards Balmoral. T

May 8, 9, 11, 12. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (Not Wednesday) 9:30 – noon: Northeast Woods. 

May 6, Saturday 9:30 – noon Hardy Rd. Parking lot for Seal Bay.   Drive north from Courtenay on Hwy 19A, turn right onto Hardy Rd. 

May 1,2,4,5 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30 am – noon: Hardy Road parking lot for Seal Bay Park.

April 29 Saturday 9:30 – noon: Hardy Road parking lot for Seal Bay Park.

Completed Cuts 2022
June 6 – 7, Monday and Tuesday; Cut your own broom days. Continue on with the Lazo Road area where we were on Saturday.
June 4 Saturday 9:30 – noon: Lazo Rd at Balmoral Rd. This is one of the areas where the names of the roads cause one to scratch one’s head. 

May 30 Monday 9:30 – noon: Anderton Road at Knight Road. 

May 31 Tuesday – cut your own broom day. If you want largeish broom you could continue along Anderton Rd. If smaller stuff is your thing, cut along Guthrie Road between Pritchard and Torrance.

 June 1 – 3 Wednesday – Friday 9:30 – noon: Anderton Road working from Knight Road towards Guthrie Road. 

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. As a special bonus there will be donuts and muffins from the Cumberland Bakery.


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 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. 
– 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. 

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. 

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 2010 and have made great progress since then.

Our focus in on parks and other public areas in the Comox Valley and we work closely with the Parks Departments in Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland and the Comox Valley Regional District.

We hope that you have the opportunity to join us!

Bev Agur – Area Organizer