Alien vegetation wiped out

2016-05-04 06:00
RIGHT: Sheyhil Gurunand, Puveshan Naicker and Schyle Sivbadhan cut down alien vegetation’ Photo: Angus Pyke

RIGHT: Sheyhil Gurunand, Puveshan Naicker and Schyle Sivbadhan cut down alien vegetation’ Photo: Angus Pyke

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TOTI Conservancy tackled the alien invasive plants below Lords and Legends in what is known as the Hutchison Park Extension, which is part of Ilanda Wilds.

Joining them were Kingsway High School’s Green Scorpions, members of Amanzimtoti Sports Centre, the public, and Bongani Zama (natural resources). The group were instructed by Gill van Wyk, an expert on alien plant removal, who showed the teams what alien plants were being tackled and how to effectively remove them.

“The Green Scorpions have been looking forward to this project,” said Caitlin Rendle, Kingsway High School teacher who heads the team.
“We have been looking for projects to get involved in and something like this gives us not only a sense of achievement, but it is also a learning experience.”

“The Green Scorpions have plans to get their hands dirty in other conservation projects in the area and have an exciting project in the pipeline - something that is close to their hearts and school,” said Lisa Fereirra, a natural and life science teacher who works with the Green Scorpions.

Van Wyk and the conservancy group were in their element, getting stuck in with the Green Scorpions and other volunteers.
“In the words of Hannibal Smith from the A-Team - ‘I love it when a plan comes together’,” said Van Wyk.

“The Ilanda Wilds has the largest diversity of butterfly species in the country,” says Angus Pyke, the newly-elected Toti Conservancy chairman.
“It is immensely important that we value and protect this area so it can continue to attract not only butterflies, but other indigenous species that thrive in this environment.”

The conservancy group will be organising future work parties similar to this, either alongside or on the river.

To learn more about identifying and eradicating alien plants, contact Van Wyk atshackleton1@telkomsa. net or 071 403 0320.

For information on the Toti Conservancy, contact Pyke onanguspyke - Gaylene Allen.

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