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, mlidkea@shaw.ca

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