Broom can patch environmental scars

Duncan – Topple the trees, make room for broom. Walking as I do in my neighbourhood, I noticed with interest that broom blooms in gravel pits, on the edges of industrial sites, and throughout the clear cuts on Mount Prevost. It was not proliferating amongst the forested areas of my route.

Research provided me with useful ideas of how we could utilize this resource. Though it has hair lightening properties, broom can also be effective in “wasteland reclamation”. I find the bright yellow flowers to be quite beautiful, more so now, learning they serve to camouflage environmental scars. Shall we send some seeds to the Alberta Tar Sands, reserve others for the Northern Gateway project?

Cheryl Trudell