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News and Events


Friends of North Saanich Parks plan events to remove invasive plants out of the parks in North Saanich. We are happy to organize an event if you have a group that you would like to work with. 
Everyone is welcome!!! The more the merrier!!!

We are looking event coordinators for the Friends of North Saanich Parks. We are also looking for a school program coordinator. Please contact Sharon Hope sharonhope@shaw.ca for further information.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Oct 20th –Nov. 15th Twelve Days of Christmas lyrics rewriting contest with invasive species theme–members only: for submission details contact Jencollison7@hotmail.com or phone 250-589-1030. Submission details will be given to the email membership list. Want to exercise your creative skills but you are not a member? Join us now!

Annual General Meeting

Sunday Dec. 8th 5.30-7.30 pm (approximately) Christmas Pot Luck Party/Small AGM for members and significant others only. Please bring a dish for the group, your own utensils, dishes and cup or glass. Held in the Marina Park Strata Basement Rec. Room. Address 2050 White Birch Road Sidney–more details from sharonhope@shaw.ca or phone: 250-655-1062. This is a RSVP event-please indicate the number of attendees and your dish of choice. Details and reminders will be emailed to the membership list.

Upcoming Events

Invasive Plant Removal Work Parties


Saturday October 26th 10:00am - 2:00pm Nymph Point Park
(with the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club)

Saturday November 2nd 9:45am - 1:00pm Quarry Park
(with the Greater Victoria Green Team)

Saturday November 9th 10:00am - 2:00pm Denham Till Park

Saturday November 23rd 10:00am - 2:00pm Lillian Hoffar Park

Saturday December 7th 10:00am - 2:00pm Nymph Point Park

Everyone is Welcome!
Training is provided


More Events to come!

Denham Till Park

Saturday, November 9 from 10-2

The Park is situated off West Saanich Road, turn west on Clayton opposite Deep Cove school. Ample parking can be found on Clayton.

Please bring gloves, water and lunch if you wish, and equipment should you have any. We will have basic equipment available. Wear stout shoes, gloves and long pants. Our events are rain or shine.

Nymph Point Park

Saturday, October 26 from 10-2
(with Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club)
Saturday, December 7 from 10-2

Nymph Point Park is located off Marina Way. Parking is available on Marina Way or in the Yacht Club parking lot.

Please bring equipment, water and lunch for this event. Shovels would be appropriate if you have them. If you have no equipment, we have a limited supply. Wear stout shoes, gloves and long pants. Our events are rain or shine.

Quarry Park

Saturday, November 2 from 9:45-1:00
(with the Greater Victoria Green Team)

Lillian Hoffar Park

Saturday, November 23 from 10-2

The Park is on MacDonald Drive north of Resthaven Drive. It has limited parking but further parking is available on White Birch Road.

Please bring gloves equipment, water and lunch for this event. If you have no equipment, we have a supply. Wear stout shoes and long pants. Our events are rain or shine.

PAST EVENTS

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R.O. Bull Park

January 2018

R.O. Bull Park is on Wain Road in North Saanich. It contains one of the few stands of old growth Douglas fir and Western Red Cedar in North Saanich. This park was donated by Mrs. Ruth Bull in 1973 in honor of her husband,  Colonel Roland O. Bull.
In just 11 months, we held 14 work parties and have spent more than 278 hours removing invasive plants out of this park. On Jan 29, 2018 we completed removing all the invasive plants from R.O. Bull Park!!!
Due to the invasive plants ability for regrowth and seed dispersal, we can never be completely finished a park. We use the term "complete" to describe the first complete removal of invasive plants from the park. However, the battle is far from over. We are very fortunate to have found stewards for this park. They will continue removing any invasive plants that grow in the future. 

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Lillian Hoffar Park

July 2019

Fourteen volunteers removed ivy with a break for lemonade and muffins. The weather was perfect for the event and there was a mountain of ivy removed!

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Nymph Point Park

July 2019

Neil West brought some plant jacks to try out on the mature Daphne and stayed for a while to help us out. Countless Daphne seedlings bit the dust that day in addition to the adult plants.

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Quarry Park

August 2019

An excellent work party was held at Quarry Park. Ashlee Scanlon took her farewell of the group. We marked the occasion with a special luncheon.

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Denham Till Park

October 2019

Once the weather cleared we had an enjoyable time removing ivy and Himalayan blackberry. We created two respectable piles!

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School Programs

In 2018-2019 we had Deep Cove students working in Denham Till Park and the Tatlow-Clayton Road trail respectively. We also had Parkland School and North Saanich Middle School students removing ivy in Lillian Hoffar Park. These programs will continue in both parks during 2020.