New garden to bloom for play

2016-03-01 06:00
Keeyan Hooper shows the field he hopes to turn into a recreational garden.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

Keeyan Hooper shows the field he hopes to turn into a recreational garden. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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A newly created recreational space in 1st Avenue, Grassy Park started budding in November last year.

What used to be a space that served as the scene for criminal activity now has the opportunity to become a greener space for recreational purposes.

Taking the initiative to kickstart the garden, resident Keeyan Hooper says he and another resident, Norman Geland, started the garden to eliminate criminal activities and to keep unsavoury characters off the 2600m2 property.

“We contacted the City of Cape Town to have the entrances to this property closed off. There used to be people hanging around on this property, using it to smoke and others used it for dumping,” he says.

Hooper says after the gates were put up at four entrances to the property which belongs to the City, they started beautifying the space.

“The garden was started from plants found in my own garden. Since then I have been going around to people in the area telling them about the garden, and then they donate to it as well. That is pretty much how we have been getting plants so far,” Hooper says.

He adds the biggest problem at first was getting resources to help in the garden.

“I used to run up and down with buckets of water from a neighbour living opposite the property.

“One day another neighbour saw me running over with the buckets of water and he told me that I could then use his hose pipe as it was long enough and he has a water pump as well. This has helped a great deal and we also received donations of compost,” he says.

Extra hands“But now we need extra hands to help in the garden as well. So far, I have involved my youth group, Future Youth, and Geland to help out with weeding and the general upkeep and maintenance on the property, but we need more hands because the property is big,” Hooper says.

A call for donations for the garden was made and Hooper has asked for anybody who is able to help to contact him.

Donations of water, plants, trees, seeds, labour and compost would be appreciated, Hooper says. V If you would like to help with the garden, contact Hooper on 074 036 0547.

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