Mowing got underway last weekend in preparation for the upcoming beautification event. Contributed photo

Beautify Bouchie event set for July 8

Local society hopes residents will help clean-up “Gateway to Bouchie-Milburn”

Heloise Dixon-Warren

Observer Contributor

The Friends of Bouchie-Milburn Society are revving things up and hoping that lots of residents will join in the fun on Sunday July 8 to help beautify the “Gateway to Bouchie-Milburn.” The clean-up event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The area of focus is the green space between Nazko Road and Bonny Road at the junction of the Blackwater Road. This land is part of the Ministry of Transportation and Highways right-of-way and is essentially “no man’s land.” It is currently overgrown with rosehips, aspen saplings, small conifers and larger trees. With its location in “downtown Bouchie Lake,” it is felt that cleaning and sprucing up this space will assist not only with roadside visibility, thereby making it safer, but will also improve the aesthetics of the area.

Emcon Services – North Cariboo Division is supporting the efforts through providing safety gear, such as high-visibility vests, signage and gloves. The area may also be mowed.

All ages are welcome. People participating in the clean-up are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear (boots with ankle support) and be prepared for the weather (bringing their own hats, sunscreen, rain gear, etc.). If they have equipment such as pruners and pruning saws, they should bring them.

A barbecue will be hosted a 12 p.m. for all volunteers and workers by the Friends of Bouchie-Milburn Society.

We are looking forward to making Bouchie even more beautiful. Residents interested in joining this community-building exercise are encouraged to contact Leslie Holland at 250-249-5430 or email bouchielakefriends@gmail.com.

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