Ribbon cut on wetlands trail

2016-07-05 06:00
 The Brigantine River Trail was officially opened by over 50 participants on Saturday 25 June

The Brigantine River Trail was officially opened by over 50 participants on Saturday 25 June

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The Sun Valley Wetlands Brigantine River Trail was officially opened by over 50 participants on Saturday 25 June.

Richard Tolsma of 2nd Fish Hoek Scouts cut the ribbon before Alan Rainnie of Sun Valley Eco Watch led the group of walkers along the 2km trail, stopping at various points of interest along the trail which have been marked with red arrow pointers on felled tree stumps. The first stop was at the Brigantine River, where the scouts constructed a bridge over the banks.

Evanne Rothwell, well known for her dedication to Sanccob and other environmental issues, took part and pointed out various plants and insects of interest, as did local resident Kit de Jong.

Linda Gxilayo, one of the City of Cape Town’s Green Wardens, was also there. She has been instrumental in path building, alien clearing, planting aloes and the like in that area, in addition to clearing out some reeds. All present were impressed at the alien clearance which has resulted in the indigenous species growing back prolifically, encouraging birdlife.

Rainnie gave a good insight into the area, mentioning that the nearest area of similar ecological structure was at Cape Hangklip, the connection occurring before the sea separated the mountains. He mentioned the dream of extending and linking trails all the way from coast to coast: Fish Hoek to Noordhoek.

The circular Brigantine River Trail was completed in just over an hour, with many stops for photos, questions and breaks.

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