Scotch broom cleanup in full swing in Comox Valley

Scotch broom - Submitted
Scotch broom
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That bright yellow flowery bush may look pretty, but looks can deceive.

Scotch broom is one of the most invasive plants on Vancouver Island, and every spring, the yellow flowers serve as a reminder that there’s plenty of work to be done to reclaim the land.

Community groups like the Broombusters and Comox Valley Nature are out in full force, doing their part to rid the Island of Scotch broom and they need help.

Join Broombusters Saturday morning at the train station off Cumberland Road as volunteers tackle the Rotary Trail, continuing the good work started by Comox Valley Nature.

“Comox Valley Nature has done some great work pulling and cutting broom and planting some native trees and shrubs,” say the Broombusters on their website. “We’ll take on the bigger broom along the rail line and see if we can get all of the broom cleared along the length of the trail going both north and south from the train station.”

The Broombusters have been working the Northeast Woods all week and hope to have that area completed by Friday.

To help there, show up at the parking lot at the end of Torrence Road, past the Public Works yard.

Follow the signs past the yellow gate and you’ll find volunteers in the big field of broom.

Cutting goes from 9:30-noon both days.

For instructions on proper cutting technique, visit the website at



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