Going green, five years strong

2016-08-30 06:00
Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Green Light Project in Maitlands Garden Village are front from left, Sheila Galant, Ronell Trout, Carol Booysen (principal of Village Todd’s educare) and Berenise Royne, the garden leader. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Green Light Project in Maitlands Garden Village are front from left, Sheila Galant, Ronell Trout, Carol Booysen (principal of Village Todd’s educare) and Berenise Royne, the garden leader. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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The Green Light Project in Garden Village celebrated their fifth anniversary with an open day on Saturday 27 August.

It took place in their special garden at Village Todd’s educare centre where various stakeholders attended to show their support of the greening and development initiative.

One of the proud stakeholders was Lynette Munro consulting researcher with the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at UCT who explained the connection between the university and the project. “Several American students from the Institute for the International Education of Students Abroad (IES Abroad) studying at UCT supported the Green Light Project team in planning and planting this garden,” she says.

“These students delighted in working alongside and building relationships with Maitland Garden Village residents, while practically and theoretically growing in their understanding of their course elective entitled ‘Eco-Justice in Africa’. Previous students undertaking the Eco-Justice in Africa IES Abroad elective were also responsible for painting the mural on the wall adjacent to the garden.”

This mural was collaboratively designed with the teachers of Village Todd’s, who simultaneously learned about several ecological treasures on their doorstep, Munro says.

“These include the Moraea Aristata, which occurs nowhere else in the wild, in the world, and the western leopard toad (which occurs only on the south peninsula of Cape Town). The students also provided the teachers with lesson plans, in order to assist them in fostering with the children a love and care for the world in which we live.”

Ronell Trout, founder and chairperson of the Green Light Project, was happy that the project continues to grow.

“We are making people aware of how they can play a part in improving their surroundings,” she says. “It also shows that is we work together it can make a difference and it will also play a part in making our area safer and free from crime. There’s still lots to do to solve all our problems but we are showing the community that we can win if we work together.”

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