Thick bush gets clear path

2016-03-15 06:00

Thick bush around the Silvermine wetlands will receive the chop as the City of Cape Town starts to clear overgrown vegetation.

The City’s project targets plants that grow fast and are thick, like metalasia, chrysanthemoides and rhus, explains Riverine Rovers chairperson Terry Rothwell.

“Over time these plants have grown to the extent that they are now a security and fire hazard. They also prevent the growth of other biodiversity,” he says.

Belinda Walker, Mayco member for community services and special projects, says the City will be clearing some of the vegetation, mainly along the pathways, starting this week.

“The area has become overgrown, especially along pathways, which poses a fire risk,” she says.

All the trees have been marked and they will not be cleared, Rothwell says.

“Some bird life will be disturbed, but they will come back when the rains come and the vegetation starts growing again. We should, hopefully, see many new plants during and after winter,” he says.

Removal of the reeds in the wetland is planned for next month, says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport.

“The local roads and stormwater depot of Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, annually removes the reeds, sand and litter from the three silt traps at Silvermine,” he says.

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