Locals get garden-smart workshop

2017-06-06 06:00
A subcouncil-organised workshop taught residents about the importance of using grey water during the drought in the new community garden in Ocean View.

A subcouncil-organised workshop taught residents about the importance of using grey water during the drought in the new community garden in Ocean View.

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Ocean View residents showed off their green thumbs this week.

Two workshops were arranged by the subcouncil to educate community members on the preservation of their natural environment, says subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase.

The participants were taught about indigenous plants and then how to make a community garden, in a space they had chosen to improve and beautify.

Trees and plants were donated by the City of Cape Town, Purchase says.

The workshops also taught residents about the importance of saving water.

“All attendees have been informed of the importance of using grey water only. They have agreed and have also asked other residents and neighbours to do the same for these gardens. Other community members have also been approached to take care of these gardens,” she says.

“(We hope that) our environment will be better taken care of by everyone who lives in our area. We would like people to appreciate and conserve our beautiful valley and to appreciate and look after what we have.”

The workshop topics included a range of issues, such as fire safety.

Such education workshops can be organised through the subcouncil, Purchase ­explains.

“The purpose of our educational workshops is to enlighten community members on the crucial issues that are occurring in our everyday lives, such as water restrictions, fires in our valley – seeing that we are prone to this – and nature conservation,” she says.

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