Revamp the valley, one tree at a time

2017-08-01 06:00
Grade 1 and 2 learners from God’s Little Lighthouse lend a hand to revamp the Steenbok Way park.

Grade 1 and 2 learners from God’s Little Lighthouse lend a hand to revamp the Steenbok Way park.

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Over the last few months, Fish Hoek residents have been planting trees and shrubs in the open space at Steenbok Way to transform it into a family-friendly park.

The greening initiative is one of the first by Revamp the Valley, a community project which looks to improve Fish Hoek and ­surrounds.

Founder Leigh Barrett says: “When I returned to South Africa last year, I knew I wanted to live in the southern peninsula, and spent many hours exploring the towns here. But when I arrived in Main Road, I discovered a rather dismal, neglected town in the most beautiful location. Fish Hoek has a fantastic history, with a fiercely proud and independent community, many of whose families have lived here for over 100 years. But the town needs a lot of loving care.”

Revamp the Valley’s goal is to “restore the unique history of the town as a seaside village, a family-friendly place to live and visit and to also create a unique identity that will stand alongside charming Kalk Bay and the exciting maritime town of Simon’s Town”.

This park is just the first in the Revamp the Valley greening initiative, led by Jenni-Jane Raida, aimed at transforming public spaces into much-needed parks.

Barrett says: “This community is coming together to plant a legacy for future generations and while monthly plantings attract the attention of neighbours and passers-by, Revamp also recently hosted Grade 1 and 2 kids from God’s Little Lighthouse who come from various schools in the region for what was a first-time event for them.

“They began their day by picking up the trash and cigarette butts in the park, and then broke into teams to assist with digging the holes, removing rocks and old bricks, and planting trees and shrubs. Led by Amy Townsend, each group was photographed proudly next to their tree and then sent off to play.”

The organisation is looking for storage space to collect materials that can be turned into playground equipment, as well as landscapers who can plan a more formal layout at the Fish Hoek Police Station. V For more information email valley­revamp@­gmail.com.

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