Doug Kitchen, owner of Wee Chip Cowichan, has been contracted to clean up and trim trees along Duncan Street.
In recent weeks, homeless people and drug users have descended on the area, camping out and doing drugs. The idea is to clean up around the base of the large trees, leaving them open and less appealing for people who may want to hide themselves or what they’re up to.
“We’re finding lots of drug paraphernalia and other things,” Kitchen said as he put the final cuts to the base of one of the trees near the railway tracks.
Island Corridor Foundation is paying for the work being done by Wee Chip Cowichan and it’s expected five of the trees along the track will be dealt with this week.