Louise Goulet’s signs in the Willows School Restoration Area

LOUISE GOULET has created and donated signs for identifying the native wildflowers planted by the students of Ecole Willows Elementary School. The area off Dorset Road was formerly part of Uplands Farm and had virtually no native plants but was covered by English ivy and other invasives.

Oak Bay Parks removed the multitude of Norway maple trees, the students removed the ivy, and adult volunteers removed the poisonous Daphne. Students then planted about $12,000 worth of native plants!

Take a walk along the crescent trail to find the flowers. MANY THANKS to LOUISE!

Scotch Broom Blitz: THIS SUNDAY 1-3PM

Meet us at the Cattle Point kiosk (near the 1st boat ramp) at 1pm.

As its distinctive yellow flowers give rise to more camouflaged green seed pods, this highly invasive plant is our top priority to remove from the park right now.

We’ll teach you the proper removal techniques, provide you clean tools to use and socially-distanced spaces to work while learning about what makes Uplands Park such an eco-treasure to protect.

Your contribution is needed and immensely appreciated – over and above the critical invasive removal you do, every single volunteer hour that you donate helps to secure the necessary funding that underpins the comprehensive, multi year restoration plan for the park, which is working to give this truly exceptional example of the endangered Garry Oak meadow ecosystem a chance of surviving for years to come!

Please spread the work and come out and join us!