Photos: Oak Bay’s Tree Appreciation Day at Uplands Park (November 5-2017)

A great group of about 50 folks showed up for Oak Bay’s 2017 Tree Appreciation Day at Uplands Park (Midland Entrance). Eight Garry Oaks were planted along the Uplands Park Midland Street boulevard. A cold arctic outflow day but sunshine so welcome. Special thanks to the Oak Bay Parks crew who had everything so well organized and did the heavy lifting, to FOUP for their helpful collaboration, and to Wiley for an Uplands Park “Tree/Shrub Tour”. Below are some photos taken by Kathleen. If other photos are out there, please consider sending them along for posting. A big welcome to the eight new Garry Oak trees (and their accompanying camas bulbs). Thank you to all who came out to help with, and witness, their planting. [Photos by Kathleen Matthews]

Photos of participants (as slide show):

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Photos of the 8 new Garry Oak Trees planted in Uplands Park along Midland Street:





Oak Bay’s Annual Tree Appreciation Day: Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10 – Noon. Uplands Park. Midland Road Entrance.

Tree Appreciation Day in Oak Bay is always such a special time. Please join Oak Bay Parks and the Friends of Uplands Park on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 10:00AM – Noon, at the Midland Road entrance to Uplands Park. Learn how to plant trees, and grow Garry Oaks. Learn about native plants and invasive species. Refreshments. Tools and gloves provided for those who want to dig in and/or dig out, or bring your own tools. Refreshments provided. See details on attached poster. PDF of Poster: 2017 Tress AppreciationDay fullpage

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


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 News article features the Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day and FOUP’s Annual Invasive Species Bash.

The November 2, 2016 issue of the Oak Bay News has a front page article highlighting the Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day and FOUP’s Annual Invasive Species Bash. Both events are scheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2016, in Uplands Park and at Cattle Point.

Activities start at 10:00AM and continue until 4:00PM.

  • Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day: 10:00AM – Noon
  • FOUP’s Annual Invasive Species Bash Noon – 4:00pm

Please come out to these family friendly events to learn about invasive species, and the special cultural and ecological heritage of Uplands Park and stay to help save Uplands Park from Invasive Species.

Read the Oak Bay News , Wednesday Oct, 2, 2016 online article.

The print edition features a different photo. Here are the screen prints from the online eEdition that is the same as the print version.


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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


FOUP Events: November 2015 Recap & Photos from Tree Appreciation Day Planting and the Urban Forest Walk

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP, Sends the following news about the very successful November 2015 FOUP events :

The Urban Forest Symposium, Tree Appreciation Day planting and the Urban Forest Walk were all very successful. Presenters were excellent, volunteers wonderful and we had over 140 very interested people involved in the 3 events. Partnerships with Habitat Stewardship Trust, Oak Bay Parks and FOUP allows for a marvellous blend of expertise, education, volunteering and enthusiasm. THANK YOU to all that participated and/or informed others of these events.

Here are some photos from the November 8, 2015 Tree Appreciation Day and Urban Park Forest walk with Dr. Larry McCann.

Photo credits: Margaret Lidkea

Photo Credits: Chris Hyde-Lay.

Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day & Uplands Park Urban Forest Walk – Sunday, November 8, 2015

2015 Tree App & Urban Forest Walk posterOak Bay Tree Appreciation Day – The Friends of Uplands Park invites your participation in Oak Bay’s Annual Tree Appreciation Day, an annual event hosted by Recreation Oak Bay:

  • Meeting Place: Uplands Park “entrance” sign on Beach Drive across from parking lot.
  • Date: Sunday November 8, 2015
  • Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Activities: Help plant native plants in areas recently cleared of invasive plants. A family event. Refreshments & some tools provided, but please bring your own trowels, gloves, and shovels, if you have some.

Urban Forest Walk – A companion event hosted by HAT (Habitat Acquisition Trust) and FOUP (Friends of Uplands Park)

  • Meeting Place: Uplands Park “entrance” sign on Beach Drive across from parking lot.
  • Date: Sunday November 8, 2015
  • Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
  • Activities: Walk through Uplands Park with FOUP & HAT experts. Jjoin Dr. Larry McCann, UVic expert on the history of the Uplands neighbourhood, for a walk in the Uplands.

2015 Tree App & Urban Forest Walk poster