Friends of Uplands Park – Fall 2017 Events: No Ivy League, Annual Ivy Broom Bash, Birding, Public Meeting, Tree Appreciation Day, School Programs

Friends of Uplands Park: Invitation and Call for Volunteers – Fall 2017

Dear Friends of Uplands Park

We are trying to remove invasive plants and to reduce the Fire Load in Uplands Park.  There are several plants including regular invasive plants but also invasive trees like European Elm, European Ash, English Hawthorn, Norway Maple and others that produce more biomass that we are removing each year.  This causes concern because of the potential wildfires in the park that may spread to residential homes.

Many of these trees are gradually being removed by Oak Bay Parks.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO REMOVE INVASIVE BUSHES like Daphne and other destructive plants like English ivy.

PLEASE HELP US to remove invasive plants this year.  You are welcome to join us any Sunday from 1 to 3pm for the NO IVY LEAGUE that starts this Sunday and goes until the end of November.

The ANNUAL IVY BROOM BASH will be on Saturday Oct 14 and Sunday Oct 15.  This is an excellent opportunity to help your community and your natural environment, the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem.  Families benefit from getting outdoors together and having lots of fun.  Students can earn their volunteer hours by participating.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday Oct 5 at Windsor Pavilion from 7 to 9 on Restoration in Upland Park:  Management Plans; what has been done and projected to be done over the next 2 years.  The first half will be a report by Wylie Thomas, and the second half will be a discussion about the challenges and possible solutions.  We invite the public to speak and share their thoughts.

Tree Appreciation Day on Sun Nov 5 will involve planting Garry oaks and other plants at the Midland entrance.

Remember our regular monthly Bird Walks by Geoffrey Newell will be on the last Saturday of each month unless posted otherwise on our website or Facebook:

School programs will be starting towards the end of September in Uplands Park, Anderson Hill and Trafalgar Park.  Contact Margaret for information which will also be emailed to schools soon.

Thank you for your support

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP



No Ivy League Group Wraps-up Sept 2016-March 2017 Invasive Removal work at Cattle Point

The Friends of Uplands Park No Ivy League “Core Group” have been working almost every Sunday, from September 2016 through to March 2017, at Cattle Point, removing Ivy and other invasives. Wylie Thomas, Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee Member sends this update:

We have now removed a total of 132+ cubic yards of mainly ivy and some Daphne and Himalayan Blackberry from Cattle Point since September 2016 (that includes a lot of stuff removed by the HSP crew).

No Ivy League “Core Group” photo was taken by Jon Clarke, at the last Sunday in March 2017.  From left to right: Angela Hills, Margaret Lidkea, Wylie Thomas, and Jon Clarke.

Ron Carter is missing, as he came almost every weekend (but worked on a mixture of daphne and ivy in a different area from the rest of the core group). But basically the four of us met every Sunday for two hours from September through November and February through March. Some Sunday’s we were joined by a couple of dozen, others it was just the four of us (five of us including Ron).

I don’t have the names of other individuals that came joined us on the no Ivy League Day events specifically, but we had the Greater Victoria Green Team help with the ivy and several others. Then of course there is Kathleen Matthews and Bruce Homer who have been going after ivy on trees in the park.

CORE 2017-17 No Ivy League Group

And some more photos from the Victoria Green Team helping remove bur chervil at Cattle Point.

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Shaw TV YouTube Video posted March 7, 2017 – Featuring Friends of Uplands Park Volunteers at Cattle Point

Friends of Uplands Park volunteer, Wylie Thomas has provided a link to the Shaw TV South Vancouver Island “Community Producers” YouTube video story featuring a group of Friends of Uplands Park No Ivy League volunteers who were interviewed and filmed while working at Cattle Point on Sunday, February 26, 2017.  Wylie asked, as part of this FOUP blog post, to also mention:

….. the critical role played by Oak Bay Parks (aka Chris Hyde-Lay and his staff) in protecting this important part of our natural heritage. Their in-kind contributions are a very important part of the HSP project (invasives disposal, native plant purchases, arborist time, trails and signage) and they have been bent over backwards to help make our work a success. Without their support none of this would be happening.

The SHAW TV video, posted to YouTube on March 7, 2017, features Friends of Uplands Park Chair, Margaret Lidkea, and volunteers Wylie Thomas, Ron Carter and others, who share their experiences and motivations and discuss the importance of the Garry Oak Ecosystem restoration work that is being accomplished at Cattle Point.

Shaw TV YouTube Caption:  Published on Mar 7, 201
Rare & endangered species are found in a few small pockets on the South Island like Uplands Park & Cattle Point. The Friends of Uplands Park are hoping to bring some of these Garry Oak species back by removing invasive plants and sectioning off some of the areas that these rare species have been found.

Lorraine Scollan, Community Access Producer, Programming,  SHAW TV, noted in her email to Wylie, that the interview-video segment was to be aired on Friday afternoons, on Channel 4, and would be repeated for perhaps two weeks, on the  “Community Producers” program, whose schedule can be viewed at The video of the Friends of Uplands Park story has also been posted to Shaw TV’s Twitter feed [March 7-2017] at . The video will also be posted on the Shaw TV Facebook page, perhaps under the video section at .

Friends of Uplands Park – No Ivy League Volunteers Clearing Ivy from Cattle Point; Uplands Park Maps: Ivy Distribution Map; 2016-2019 Focus Areas for Invasive Removal

February 12, 2017 marked the clearing of Ivy from a major section of Cattle Point. The Friends of Uplands Park’s No Ivy League volunteers and many other volunteers for the community and schools have been working hard.

The inner sections of Cattle Point will be the next area to be cleared by the No Ivy League, and in time, their focus will turn to the ivy in Uplands Park. Attached are a few photos celebrating the ivy removal work at Cattle Point accomplished on Sunday, February 12, 2017, by a group of hard working volunteers.

Also attached are images showing how best to remove Ivy from Oak Trees, a map showing a density distribution of Ivy on the trees in Uplands Park, and a map showing the areas where Oak Bay Parks staff will be focusing their Federal HSP Grant funded work, between 2016- 2019. The maps were created by Friends of Uplands Park volunteer Wylie Thomas on behalf of Oak Bay Parks to help guide volunteer activities in the park.

For training purposes with FOUP volunteers, Wylie also put together the “Best Practices for Ivy Removal” poster, using a diagram courtesy of

Photos and Activities from Oak Bay’s Tree Appreciation Day, held on November 6, 2016, in Uplands Park.

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of the Friends of Uplands Park, sends photos and describes the wonderful community participation at Oak Bay’s Tree Appreciation Day, held on November 6, 2016, in Uplands Park.

Dear Friends

We had an amazingly lovely Tree Appreciation Day Nov 6, with families planting native plants, learning from Chris Paul about suitable trees to plant in our Urban Forest, how to stop winter moth attacks, watching Louis Burgess teach the kids how to tie proper knots in his equipment so he can climb into the tree canopies to prune, learning about invasive plants, meeting neighbours and snacking on coffee and treats. Iain Macleod even chain-sawed the tree that fell on Beach Drive nearby just before the event, restoring traffic within minutes. He then encouraged kids to plant a couple of Garry oak trees.

Thank you to all the FOUP Steering Committee for organizing displays, information and engaging the public with their enthusiasm and expertise. This included Wylie planting Camas bulbs, Anna, Emily and Angela planting licorice fern and spring gold, and Ron Carter leading the walk around Cattle Pt to see the efforts of Wylie’s team and volunteers to restore the area. Several volunteers also helped remove ivy on Sunday in the afternoon. Thanks also to Chris Hyde-Lay, Chris and Elizabeth G, Cathy S, Eric, Pam, Rick and Kathleen for setting up and working the information table and displays.

Thanks to those that have been so helpful on Cattle Point this Fall, removing some of this “carpet of death”, that also has a deadly impact on the Garry oak trees.
The area outside the ring road are coming along well, but still needs our help to remove all the ivy to protect the rare plants.
In the central area of Cattle Pt, he English ivy is still in full grip of the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem in Uplands Park.







Oak Bay’s Tree Appreciation Day & FOUPs Annual Uplands Park Invasive Plant Bash – Sunday Nov 6 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

You’re invited to help the Friends of Uplands Park!

Events: Oak Bay’s Annual Tree Appreciation Day & FOUPs Annual Uplands Park Invasive Plant Bash

When: Sunday November 6, 2016  

Time: 10am to 4pm

Where:  Uplands Park; meet at the Beach Drive entrance to Cattle Point

Join Oak Bay Parks staff and Friends of Uplands Park to learn about our native trees and the invasive trees, and plant trees and other native plants from 10 to 12 noon.

From noon to 4 pm. remove invasive plants like English ivy, Daphne laureola and Scotch broom to help the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem become healthier.

Bring your families, friends, gloves and loppers or pruners to join in the fun of being outside, physically active and helping the environment for free!  Refreshments included.


Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP


Uplands Park Ivy & Broom Bash – October 15 & 16, 2016 – Hosted by the Friends of Uplands Park

Margaret Lidkea, Friends of Uplands Park Chair, invites volunteers for the annual Ivy & Broom Bash & the weekly No Ivy League program. 


Uplands Park Garry Oak Ecosystem is endangered and needs to have invasive plants removed.  This takes many volunteers and the entire community of Oak Bay.

YOU ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE IVY and other invasives.

This year’s management plans are to remove all ivy from the ocean side of the Cattle Point road, and to remove ivy from trees in the central area of Cattle Point. This is an excellent way for Secondary students to earn their volunteer hours.  Girl Guides can earn their Alien Invader badges, and Garry Oak Restoration crests.  Last year we documented over 1000 hours for volunteer help.  This was critical for the Oak Bay Parks Department to apply for and get the federal Habitat Stewardship Program grant.  This Fall, HSP gave Parks over $100,000 to hire a Restoration Ecologist on contract to develop management plans, and to hire some experts to remove invasives near the 23 rare plants in the park.

This money cannot be used to remove invasives in other areas of the park, but they still need to be removed because they are taking over the Garry Oak Ecosystem with all of its wonderful glory, and with the fields of blue camas and other wildflfowers that support the animal population in the park.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO DO THIS!   If OB Parks has to hire people to do this, your taxes will go up.

If the invasives are not removed, the park will become an area of invasive Norway Maple, English Hawthorn, European Ash, European Elm and other bushes and low plants without the beautiful wildflowers, insects, birds etc.  The park will be an area that could burn very hot and fast, threatening the houses built nearby if there is a wildfire.  Scotch broom even produces a toluene-type chemical that makes it burn very hot.



Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP, partnering with Oak Bay Parks

Photo credit: Kathleen Matthews
Photo credit: Kathleen Matthews

Weekly FOUP Volunteer Opportunity – Removing English Ivy from Uplands Park


Margaret Lidkea, Friends of Uplands Park Chair, invites volunteers to remove English Ivy in Uplands Park.



















Join this weekly restoration group with Friends of Uplands Park, helping to restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem by removing invasive English Ivy.   Starting Sunday September 11 through to November 27, we will meet from 1 to 3 pm at the grassy field on Beach Drive at the entrance to Cattle Point.  Tools and gloves will be provided, instructions given, and areas to work in will be determined by Oak Bay Parks Management Plan.  Suitable for all ages.  An excellent volunteer opportunity for students.

Volunteer hours are used by Oak Bay Parks to apply for a federal Habitat Restoration Project Grant which is based on volunteer hours and on the 22 rare plants in Uplands Park.  Oak Bay Parks has just received a grant of over $100,000 to be used over the next 3 years.  This will pay for restoration management and removal in rare plant areas.  Congratulations to all our volunteers!

September 11 each Sunday until end of November

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP,

[Uplands Park English Ivy Photos by Kathleen Matthews. February 2016]