Epic Buckthorn Battle: Help us Fight Invasive Buckthorn In Gilbey Park, Saturday October 15

On Saturday October 15, we are going to battle the Buckthorn in Gilbey Park

Time: 9:00 – Noon

The Common Buckthorn bush/tree is an invasive species that doesn’t belong in Canada. You can recognise it from the prickly spikes it has on its shoots and the black little berries it produces. To avoid it taking over Gilbey Park, we are organising a morning to remove the Buckthorn. The Common Buckthorn is listed as a noxious weed under Ontario’s Weed Control Act.

We will meet in the upper park near the benches (just off the curved paved path from Beaver Ridge). Bring your garden tools loppers, small saws, clippers, rakes, gloves, tarps, etc.

This is a great way to give kids some extra exposure to the natural areas in our neighbourhood and to encourage them taking ownership of our direct surroundings.

We especially encourage residents in the Gilbey Park area to come out and help, even it is only for an hour.

Adults & children are welcome (the children can help gather twigs). This community effort is organized and sponsored by Fisher Heights & Area Community Association. Many hands make light work.

More on this invasive species here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/common-buckthorn (you may have it in your own back yard too!)