In October 2018, The Friends of Uplands Park transitioned to the FRIENDS OF UPLANDS PARK SOCIETY. A PDF of the Annual Report for 2019 is attached.
The Friends of Uplands Park was formed in 2010 and 2020 marks the 10th anniversary. More details are found in the annual report but let’s celebrate virtually the 183 events held in 2019 that engaged 4591 participants. Huge thanks to all the volunteers. Congratulations and huge thanks for the hundreds of hours of work inspired and contributed by the BOARD of the FRIENDS OF UPLANDS PARK SOCIETY:
Margaret Lidkea, President
Wylie Thomas, Vice-President
Matt Fairbarns, Treasurer
Anna Graham, Secretary
Rick Marshall, Director-at-large
Volunteers are invited to participate in the weekly NO IVY LEAGUE program hosted by the Friends of Uplands Park to help remove English Ivy + other invasive plants. Takes place every Sunday from 1 to 3pm, starting Jan 19, 2020 and continuing through to March 8, 2020. Meet at the Cattle Pt. kiosks. Tools, gloves and “best practices” instruction provided. Thanks for helping to restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem. FOUP website at friendsofuplandspark.org.Partnering with Oak Bay Parks.
CARPET BURWEED CRAWL
SUNDAY Jan 12, 2020 1 to 3 pm
CATTLE POINT meet by kiosks
Join Friends of Uplands Parkto remove the extreme invasive carpet burweed on Cattle Point. Although small, it can cover and destroy the colourful wildflowers. Prickly seeds in May and June stick on shoes, clothes, fur and dog paws to spread to your yard and to sports fields. This is a real nasty weed! WE NEED YOUR HELPTO WEED!
Oak Bay News Article web link at https://www.oakbaynews.com/community/willows-students-help-put-2500-native-plants-into-oak-bays-uplands-park/
Photos Courtesy of Oak Bay News.
Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture, the Community Association of Oak Bay and Friends of Uplands Park invite you to an Experts Talk on Adapting to Climate Change on December 2nd at 7 pm at the Monterey Community Centre
Dr. Richard Hebda, long-time BC climate researcher, will present on:
Climate Change, Ecosystems, and Adaptation for Southern Vancouver Island
Richard Hebda is the former Curator of Botany and Earth History at Royal BC Museum. He has a PhD in Botany and has taught in various environmental science departments at the University of Victoria. He studies plant fossils and their distribution over time and place in order to shed light on the condition, history and evolution of BC’s landscape and climate. He also studies ethnobotany of BC First Nations, restoration of natural systems and processes, ecology and origins of Garry Oak and alpine ecosystems and botany of grasses.
Dr. Stephen Sheppard,Director of UBC’s Bachelor of Urban Forestry Program, will present on:
The Citizens Coolkit: Fun ways to climate-proof your forest and your “hood”
Dr. Stephen Sheppard, PhD., ASLA, is a Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, teaching landscape and climate change planning, community engagement and visualization. He has served as Director of UBC’s Bachelor of Urban Forestry program and directs the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), an interdisciplinary research group which works with communities on developing climate change and energy solutions. He has published four books, including Visualizing Climate Change from Earthscan/Routledge. He leads UBC’s Research Cluster of Excellence on Cool Tools: Social Mobilization on Climate Change using Digital Tools.
Question period to follow.
Poster PDF: Climate Presentation-02Dec19
Ecole Willows Elementary School has been doing a restoration project in Uplands Park for the last 3 years. Students have removed invasive English ivy and other invasive plants, and then planted native species around a surviving 250 year old Garry oak tree…a Grandparent tree. See the photos below.
Oak Bay Parks, Recreation & Culture, Friends of Uplands Park and the Oak Bay Community Association invite you to:
Tree Appreciation Day .
Sunday November 3rd
10 am to 1 pm.
Cattle Point Entrance at Uplands Park, Beach Drive in Oak Bay
(remember to put your clocks back).
Community Tree Walk-11:30 am
Uplands Park Tour- 10:30am
Grow the Oaks in Oak Bay Campaign
Tree Display- Right Tree Right Place
Tree Climbing Demonstration
Learn How to Plant Trees Properly
Pest and Disease- Banding Demonstration
Small Tree Pruning Demonstration
Question and Answer Table
All invited to The Great Rip Off in Uplands Park. Oct 19 & 20, 2019 from 1-4. Ripping off the English Ivy. Family friendly. Meet at Beach Drive entrance to Cattle Point. Hosted by the Friends of Uplands Park. Tools, gloves, and instructions provided. See poster for details.
RAKE the CHIPS
Sunday September 8
1 to 3pm
Meet at Dorset entrance by Lincoln Road
Bring your leaf rake and help rake the wood chips of the invasive Norway Maple. Oak Bay Parks staff removed many of the invasive maples that were totally blocking the sun so that the only plants left alive underneath were the invasive English ivy, evergreen Daphne and Himalayan blackberry. Even some of the blackberry couldn’t survive. Habitat for rats.
Willows studentshave been restoring this area by removing ivy and planting native species. A large meadow awaits more planting by these wonderful students and teachers this fall. The wood chips will hinder these plants and seeds from growing.