National Botanical Garden cleaned up

2015-09-02 06:00
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The KZN National Botanical Garden management and staff extend their gratitude to Parklane Superspar in PMB for its continuous support.

PHOTO: supplied The KZN National Botanical Garden management and staff extend their gratitude to Parklane Superspar in PMB for its continuous support.

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SANBI’S KZN National Botanical Garden hosted its fourth annual clean-up recently and encouraged the public to assist.

The purpose of this campaign is to encourage individuals to take better care of the environment by reducing, re-using and recycling waste and promote a culture of recycling.

The campaign is in line with the SANBI’s role that promotes conservancy and sustainable use of natural resources.

This year stakeholders in the environmental sector took part in the clean-up, including KwaZulu-Natal Environmental Affairs, Duct Conservation Trust, Msunduzi Museum, Wildlands and Msunduzi Municipality parks department and Ward 26 councillor, Glenn McArthur.

Pietermaritzburg schools also attended, including Mpumelelo Primary, Emzamweni High, Russell High, Carter High, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High, Maritzburg College, Prestbury Primary, Ntsindlela Primary and eco-tourism students from Durban University of Technology.

“The campaign is not just about cleaning, it is also about educating. The KZN National Botanical Garden’s Education Centre demonstrated an edutainment play about taking care of waste, highlighting that if the waste is not taken care of it contributes negatively to the environment by polluting our natural resources like the air, soil and water,” said Siphuxolo Ngqasa, marketing and communications officer at the gardens.

Reshnee Lalla from the SANBI Invasive Alien Plants programme spoke about the contribution they do to conserve the environment by eradicating alien plants species that threaten indigenous biodiversity.

The clean-up was in the garden’s premises and on the streets neighbouring the garden - Mayors Walk and Zwartkop Road in Prestbury.

McArthur applauded the work in getting this campaign going and noted that it encourages individuals and stakeholders to take care of the environment because the campaign is growing with a variety of schools attending the event each year.

The KZN National Botanical Garden management and staff extend their gratitude to Parklane Superspar in PMB for its continuous support in making this event a success from the time it started in 2012.

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