Heinespruit clearing project gets underway

2018-09-12 06:00

UMVOTI Agricultural Society (UAS), along with its members, has launched a project to clear watercourses in the Umvoti district, beginning with the main watercourse and tributaries of the Heinespruit and running to the confluence with the Umvoti River.

UAS is driving this project with Patrick O'Sullivan and Jen Cowie in an advisory capacity.

UAS president Lloyd Robertson has made an appeal to all land owners through whose property the Heinespruit or its tributaries flow through to actively support this project and to clear alien species that are adversely affecting the flow of this important watercourse. This will ultimately ensure that sufficient water reaches dams further along the course.

All landowners are requested to clear alien species such as wattle, bramble, bugweed, syringa, cat's claw, lantana and any other species that might be growing in or within 10 m of the main watercourse or tributary.

It is counterproductive to adopt a "scorched earth" policy by stripping the entire watercourse of all vegetation, indigenous grasses, sedges and even certain trees.

If a plantation is or has been recently felled, ensure that no new trees are planted within 10 m of any springs, seepage/sponge area or watercourse.

Landowners are requested to make a start on the Heinespruit clearing project before December 15 and to continue regularly, time and labour permitting.

UAS is driving this project with Patrick O'Sullivan (082 572 9333) and Jen Cowie (082 921 2134). Cowie can be contacted for the identification of alien or indigenous species and trees.


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