Broombuster volunteer Viveca Zenth cutting broom during Broomfest along Memorial Avenue in Qualicum Beach last weekend on the group’s 10-year anniversary.

Cutting broom in bloom — festival in Qualicum Beach, work this Saturday in Parksville

About 50 people attended Broomfest in Qualicum Beach last weekend

One day of broom cutting wasn’t enough for one volunteer.

Qualicum Beach resident Pat Herzog has already spent 102 hours cutting broom this season.

Herzog said he spent his time cutting broom along the Old Island Highway all the way up to Deep Bay.

“I started at the Little Qualicum (River) and I’ve just been kind of working my way up,” Herzog said. “I first cut as far as I could walk either way, then I started taking little short drives either way.”

Other than the little broom weeds that are starting to bloom, Herzog said there’s no big patches along his route.

Joanne Sales, the founder of Broombusters Invasive Plant Society, said if you cut broom in the winter, it doesn’t always die.

“But if you have somebody like Pat watching it all the time, it doesn’t matter when you cut it. He’s not going to let it come back.” Sales said.

Herzog was one of 50 people who attended Broomfest in Qualicum Beach last Saturday.

The Qualicum Beach Broombusters celebrated their 10th anniversary, acknowledging some of the people who have spent the last eight to 10 years helping to rid the town of broom.

This Saturday, Parksville will be having a Cut Broom in Bloom event at the train station on the Alberni Highway. Mayor Marc Lefebvre and some council members will be there, along with Goats on the Hoof with goats to eat broom.

— NEWS Staff

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