Golden Paw Society invites you

2016-06-14 06:00
Bobby Collingwood. Photo: Kalisha Naicker

Bobby Collingwood. Photo: Kalisha Naicker

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THE Kloof and Highway SPCA invites its supporters and the community who care about the welfare of animals and who would like to become actively involved with the society, to attend the Golden Paw Society on 30 June at 9.30am at Marilyn’s Tea Garden.

The intention of the Golden Paw Society will be to welcome supporters in as part of the SPCA family and keep them informed about the work undertaken by the Kloof and Highway SPCA in terms of inspectorate activities, animal health care, the care of animals in the shelter, outreach clinics and education to promote the humane treatment of all animals.

The SPCA hosts a morning tea every month - the last Thursday of the month - where community members are given some feedback on what has taken place over the past month at The Kloof and Highway SPCA and at the June meeting guests will hear from well-known local nursery owner, Bobby Collingwood.

Collingwood has been a resident in the Kloof area over the past 55 years. His grandfather moved to Kloof from Vrede in 1897.

Speaking to Fever, Collingwood said he is the third generation to run the nursery and loves every minute of it.

“The nursery was handed down to me in 1919 by my father, Bert Collingwood. I grow indigenous ground cover and annuals for wholesale and retail,” he said.

“This business is about what you put into it. Remember we are in the sun most of the day and it is always what you put in is what you get out.”

Collinwood said one has to love nature in order to be in the nursery industry.

“In order for a nursery to be successful one has to possess, integrity and credibility, customer total satisfaction, attention to detail, preservation and advancement of know-how, excellence in our field and lastly human resource nourishment,” he said.

“Between my staff and myself we have open communication of what we want and how we going to achieve it, along with our passion and love for nature.”

Collinwood said his goal is to provide the community with the healthiest plants and best seedlings.

In an effort to also keep the memory of his parents alive, Collingwood plants a summer and winter garden for his mum and dad.

“No matter how successful we become we need to always remember our roots. And my summer and winter gardens are what keep me grounded,” he added.

In addition the SPCA charity shops will be open for those who wish to go shopping before or after the tea. Guests will be invited for a guided tour around the animal facilities after the meeting.

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