Parks club gets locals dirty

2016-02-16 06:00
Celebrating their passion for the parks in Harfield are, seated from left, Caroline Constant and Gail Brown. Standing from left: Ingrid Riemeyer, Francine Bekker, Tina Gough and Christine Thorne. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Celebrating their passion for the parks in Harfield are, seated from left, Caroline Constant and Gail Brown. Standing from left: Ingrid Riemeyer, Francine Bekker, Tina Gough and Christine Thorne. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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An environmental project in Harfield intends to use parks in the area to create a community of gardening enthusiasts.

The Friends of Harfield Parks are raring to get going for the year with their projects that enhance parks in the area. It also provides a chance for neighbours to meet.

The Friends have been around for a few years now and have dedicated their efforts to making the four parks in Harfield Village safer and greener for the community.

“Over the years we have aimed at conservation, improvement and maintenance,” says Tina Gough of the organisation.

“We have planted trees, created a vegetable garden and ‘secret garden’, installed irrigation systems, designed landscape plans and created flower beds, installed wooden jungle gyms and held a couple of community events in the parks.

“In October last year we introduced a successful garden competition in conjunction with Harts Nursery and Lew Norgarb.”

She adds that they work closely with the City of Cape Town which gives them some funds every year. But to achieve their aims they need the community to be part of their team.

“We need help with fundraising and sponsorships, donations of plants and labour. In return we offer monthly ‘garden club’ activities in the parks where you can get your hands dirty with a spade, get to know your neighbours and widen your knowledge from our guest speakers.

“If you are not able to join in the fun of the gardening activity you can also join our members’ club and donate R25 a month. Details are available on our Facebook page.”

Tina adds their next garden club meeting will be at Princes Park starting on Sunday at 09:00.

V For more information contact Gough on 082 771 9644, 021 683 4477 or bgough@telkomsa.net.

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