LETTERS: Broom busting efforts applauded

One resident reiterates the need to rid the West Shore of broom

Re: Broom bash a community effort in Highlands (Gazette, May 20)

I was very pleased to see the May 20 article about the Broom bashers in the Highlands. Having just returned from Port Alberni and Tofino, I was discouraged to see the huge yellow forests of the noxious weed along the highways and in the fields of every town I passed through. The temporary bright yellow colour may appeal to some until they turn stringy and brown, crowding out our naturally diverse, multicoloured, delicate wildly flowered fields, forests and grass lands.

I was unable to assist my neighbours in removing broom from our area when it first started blooming, as the pollen causes pain to my eyes and difficulty breathing. But I can still dig up or pull out small plants any other time of year.

As broom becomes established it takes much more work to get rid of its extremely strong, invasive root structures. Please help by removing it while you still can. I’m so grateful to those who are willing to work now to protect the future of our beautiful island before its too late.

Many thanks to all broom busters everywhere.

Jan Kokelj


Just Posted

Cycslists were all smiles during ninth Tour de Victoria

More than 2,100 cyclists participated

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after Const. Beckett’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Police investigating incident in Saanich neighbourhood

Neighbours tell Black Press Media that a body has been found, but police remain tight-lipped.

Langford lizard sighting excites Victoria museum curator

Curator of vertebrate zoology/knowledge explains the spread of the Wall lizard in the region

Colwood man takes on Ride to Conquer Cancer for 11th year in a row

Team Finn has raised almost $3 million for BC Cancer Foundation

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including some Liberal MPs seeking re-election

Most Read