Fine green display at showgrounds

2010-05-10 00:00

VISITORS to “Terry’s Green” at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds would be forgiven for thinking they are in the KwaZulu-Natal bushveld, instead of the centre of a bustling city.

Carefully laid out by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the grassy area is dotted with distinctive fever trees and indigenous plants.

Members and staff of the Royal Agricultural Society met with representatives from Ezemvelo last week to formally thank them for their investment in Terry’s Green.

During previous years of the Royal Agricultural Show, the area was used as a wildlife display and was home to animals such as rhinos and crocodiles for the duration of the event.

Since then, Ezemvelo has chosen to move from the outdoor display to an indoor one.

CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society, Terry Strachan, said considering Ezemvelo’s dedication to the area, it would not have been proper to have Ezemvelo’s contributions go unnoticed.

“This is an extraordinary stand, deemed so by not only our judges, but by admirers far and wide,” he said. He added that it would always be viewed “in some shape or form” as a part of Ezemvelo.

Executive director of commercial operations at Ezemvelo, Gladman Buthelezi, said his organisation is proud to have a long-standing association with the Royal Agricultural Society.

He said Ezemvelo will explore the possibility of bringing the wildlife stand back in future years, provided they receive approval from the directorate of animal health.

“We are going to revisit the decision, and take the proposal to the executive,” said Buthelezi.

In the meantime, Buthelezi said he hoped Terry’s Green will be a place to be enjoyed by all. “This is not only for us, but it is for future generations,” he said.

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