Weeding in the Willows School Restoration Area in Uplands Park. Sundays August 9, 16, 23 from 10 – 12 noon.

Volunteers invited to weed in the Willows School Restoration Area in Uplands Park. Details in poster.
Sundays August 9, 16, 23 from 10 – 12 noon.
Bring your own gloves and trowels, or use our gloves and knives to help dig up invasive baby Himalayan blackberry, Scotch broom and Daphne plants. We will each be in our own safe area…at least 2 meters apart. Meet at Dorset entrance near Beach Drive at 10 am or follow the flags.
Please email Margaret at mlidkea@shaw.ca if you are coming.

WEEDING in the Willows School  Restoration Area  10 to 12 noon: Sunday,August 2 & Tuesday,August 4  

WEEDING in the Willows School  Restoration Area

  •      Sunday August 2   10 to 12 noon
  •      Tuesday August 4   10 to 12 noon

Bring your own gloves and trowels, or use our gloves and hori-hori knives to help dig up invasive baby Himalayan blackberry, Scotch broom and Daphne plants. We will each be in our own safe area…at least 2 meters apart.  Meet at Dorset entrance near Beach Drive at 10 am or follow the flags.

Please email Margaret at mlidkea@shaw.ca  if you are coming.
Partnering with Oak Bay Parks.
friendsofuplandspark.org or on Facebook

 

Updated: A Week of Weeding in Uplands Park in the Willows School Restoration Area starting Thursday July 23rd.

A Week of Weeding in Uplands Park in the Willows School Restoration Area: 10 – 12 noon: on Thursday, July 23rd; Sunday July 26th [corrected date]; Monday, July 27th; Thursday, July 30th; Friday, July 31st. Meet at Dorset entrance at 10am or follow the flags. Please email mlidkea@shaw.ca if you will be participating. More details in the Poster. [This posts and new poster  corrects a date that was in error in the previous poster.]

 

Earth Day Message from Margaret, FOUP Society Chair – April 22-2020

The classes at Ecole Willows Elementary have been restoring a very unhealthy area in Uplands Park for the past several years.  It was an area ploughed in the 1850’s to create part of Uplands Farm growing non-native agrarian grasses to feed the cattle.  By 2015, there were virtually no native plants growing in the area…only invasive plants:  Norway maple, European ash, Daphne laureola, Himalayan blackberry and English ivy.
A very large Garry Oak tree, about 250 years old, was revealed in August of 2015 when the OB Parks Dept removed invasive trees in an area near Dorset.  The area under the oak and all around was completely covered by invasive plants.  The students removed the English ivy from under and around the “Grandparent” Garry oak and planted native species from 2015 to 2019.  Oak Bay Parks removed more invasive trees in 2018 and 2019 and exposed a very big area to sunshine.  This last Fall, all the classes planted native species including 4 “grandchildren” oaks about 8 years old.  The money to pay for the plants (about $12,000) was donated by teachers doing FOUP non-restoration programs in the park, Tree Canada, Telus, federal Habitat Stewardship Program, Oak Bay Parks and the Municipality of Oak Bay.  FOUP greatly appreciates the donations.
If you visit the site, please stay on the marked trail and go in one direction.  If you need to social distance, go back.  Walking on the plants may kill them.  Keep dogs on leash and on the trail.  Birds are nesting and many do so on or near the ground.
One of the teachers at Willows is Sally Hallam.  She is dedicated to her Kindergarten students, teaching them about nature, especially about trees.  Her class last year created a tree calendar and the proceeds paid for one of the “grandchildren” Garry oak trees that was planted by all the Kindergarten students at Willows and some Grade 1 students.  Each child placed a handful of soil around the roots.  They then planted other native species.
Sally has created an excellent website on the Connections in Kindness of trees that she has been teaching about for the last 2 years, and which has current science information, videos, activities and the tree photographs taken by her students.  Oak Bay High students partnered with them and taught them how to do photography.   Sally invites you to explore the website, have fun and learn.
FOUP thanks Sally for her commitment, enthusiasm and love of nature.
 
Yours in kindness to nature,
Margaret Lidkea, President
Friends of Uplands Park

FRIENDS OF UPLANDS PARK SOCIETY – Annual Report for 2019

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.

FOUPS 2019 ANNUAL REPORT FOR POSTING

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

NO IVY LEAGUE: Weekly invasive plant removal. Cattle Point. Sundays 1 to 3pm. Jan 19 to March 8, 2020

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.

FOUP: Carpet Burweed Crawl at Cattle Point – Sunday January 12, 2020, 1-3pm

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: Dec. 3, 2019. Willows Students Contribute to Uplands Park Restoration

Oak Bay News Article web link at https://www.oakbaynews.com/community/willows-students-help-put-2500-native-plants-into-oak-bays-uplands-park/

Willows students help put 2,500 native plants into Oak Bay’s Uplands Park

Photos Courtesy of Oak Bay News.

Experts Talk on Adapting to Climate Change: December 2nd at 7 pm at the Monterey Community Centre

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