Building community, one broom-cutting party at a time
Building a community is core to Spirit Bay. Now, that spirit has been taken on – and given a creative twist – by our residents.
This spring, they noticed a fast-spreading, invasive plant species named scotch broom encroaching on the forests around Spirit Bay. So they pulled together and decided to do something about it.
That ‘something’ turned out to be regular broom-cutting parties. Every Saturday around 10am, the residents meet and march off, branch cutters and hacksaws in hand. In about an hour, they pull massive amounts of broom out of the forest, leaving the ground clear for native species to thrive.
“Like everything we do, we wanted to bring a sense of joy to this” says Dyan Marie, one of the broom-cutting residents. “It’s actually a remarkable feeling, pulling this beautiful mess of broom out.”
The team studied up on effective broom control prior to setting to work. They learned, for example, that pulling broom out by the roots actually helps spread the seeds – negating any positive effects. To that end, they cut the plants off where the trunk meets the ground.
Marie and her fellow residents are hoping to demonstrate to others that doing something positive for the environment can be fun, and build a stronger community.
If you’d like to know more, or participate in a broom-cutting party at Spirit Bay, drop us a line here.
Of course, if you’d like to just drop by and visit, we’d be happy to have you. Just set up a time to meet by connecting with a community builder here.
A few facts on broom
Broom is an alien invasive plant that:
- Spreads rapidly and densely
- Crowds out native plants
- Leads to a dramatic loss of diversity
- Causes allergies
- Is highly flammable
- Is toxic to grazing animals
- Changes soil chemistry