Many of us enjoy spending time being active in our community and working together with others to make our area a better place. Community gardens are a rapidly growing phenomenon that hold benefits for residents from a variety of perspectives including increased access to healthy food and improved community cooperation.
We support this increased interest in community activity and encourage people to take as many of the following steps in their community as possible:
1. Learn to recognize the plants or organisms you see in your community. If you’re unsure about a creature or plant you don’t recognize you can:
- Take a photo and e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call us at 1-888-933-3722 and we can link you with your local Invasive Species Committee
- Use the provincial government’s Report-A-Weed service to report a suspected new sighting of an invasive plant species in BC.
- Help discourage invasive plant species from reproducing by cutting (deadheading) flowers, seedpods and berries of invasive plants that you find in your community garden or around your community.
- If you’re involved in a community garden, avoid recycling or composting garden debris as this can help continue the spread of invasive species. All seeds and other plant parts (including stems and roots) from invasive plants should be wrapped in garbage bags for disposal at your local landfill.
4. Resources: Take advantage of the wealth of information such as brochures, TIPS sheets, posters and other materials available in our Resources section. If we don’t have the information you need, try one of our partner organizations.
Thank you for helping to prevent the spread of invasives in our communities.