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Campbell River’s Greenways continues the battle against Scotch broom

<p>Greenways’ Sandra Milligan tackles Scotch Broom along the Myrt Thompson Trail during last year’s Broom Bash. This year’s event takes place on Saturday in the same location.</p> -

Greenways’ Sandra Milligan tackles Scotch Broom along the Myrt Thompson Trail during last year’s Broom Bash. This year’s event takes place on Saturday in the same location.

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The annual Greenways Land Trust Broom Bash will take place at the Myrt Thompson trail this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The Myrt Thompson trail is located at the end of Maple Street by the Quinsam Hotel.

Over the past several years, Greenways has worked to remove invasive species such as Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom from the Myrt Thompson area, and has planted native species in their place.

For this reason, Greenways has chosen to focus its bashing efforts on the Myrt Thompson trail for the third year in a row. The environmental organization says it hopes that by returning to the same location year after year to remove the invasive species from the area, the planted native species will have a higher rate of survival.

Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) is an escaped garden ornamental, common in disturbed areas. When this species invades an area, it displaces native species that grow naturally in the region.

Learn more about Scotch Broom at: bcinvasives.ca/invasive-species/identify/invasive-plants/scotch-broom

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