ACTIVE LIFE: Invasive plants uprooted by volunteer work parties

NANAIM – City organizes work parties to rid areas of invasive plants.

  • May. 11, 2013 7:25 p.m.

By Amanda Daly

During the month of May, parks, recreation and culture has some great opportunities to get involved in the community in a fun, helpful way.

Try participating in one of the planned work parties or by organizing your own neighbourhood work party to remove invasive species.

Work parties offer a way to come together to remove invasive plants, restore natural ecosystems and contribute in and around where you live. People of all ages can participate and work at their own speed and/or ability.

Most work parties have been scheduled for two hours, mornings and afternoons throughout the month of May. City staff have selected several locations around Nanaimo that have a large amount of invasive plants, such as; English ivy, Himilayan blackberry, Scotch broom, daphne and holly.

Pulling invasive plants in local parks is an easy and fun way to get some exercise in the great outdoors. Get to know your neighbours and at the same time make a difference to the long-term health of the parks. It’s fun.

To help get rid of invasive plants, join a work party or to organize a work party, please visit

You will also find a calendar of events, drop off zones, and more information about invasive plants in Nanaimo.


Amanda Daly is a marketing and communication specialist with Nanaimo parks, recreation and culture.