Ashburton Aloe Festival 2018 on this weekend

2018-06-27 06:01
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WHEN last did you spend a day in nature? This year’s Ashburton Aloe Festival, being held between June 30 and July 1 in the beautiful Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy, 10 km east of Pietermaritzburg, is the perfect chance.

An annual event, borne out of the close-knit communities passion for conserving this beautiful bushveld environment, the Aloe Festival offers five venues that are open to the public between 9 am and 5 pm all weekend. Enjoy a full programme of walks and talks set amidst the bushveld setting of the beautiful wild, giant flowering Aloe candelabrum.

The event helps raise awareness for the conservation of both natural and cultural heritage, and raises funds for the protection of the plants and wildlife species of the area, as a living legacy for our children.

The event is hosted by the Mpushini Valley Conservancy and showcases the Mpushini Protected Environment, the first such community conservation area in Kwazulu-Natal. The five venues include the Galago Farm, Impala Bend, Rocky Wonder Aloes Nursery, Spencer’s Place and the Hackland Aloe Garden.

Things to do include specialist talks and walks, self-guided trails, aloe and indigenous plant sales (including succulent grasses and groundcovers), light music, and stalls including crystal, mineral and gemstones, hot meals including vegetarian options, soups and home baked bread, tea garden, pancakes and refreshments, pony rides and the natural beauty, peace and tranquillity of this special hidden valley.

Tickets are R 30 per person and allow entry to all venues for the duration of the weekend. Children under 12 are free.

Directions — take the N3, Ashburton exit 69, turn right, and continue 4 km onto D389. After the ticket sales booth follow the signs to venues one through four. To get to venue five continue past venue four and proceed for 12 km. After crossing the Msunduzi River turn right at the junction of D389 towards Bishopstowe. Continue 2 km and turn right. Continue for 2 km and turn left at the signpost for Rick Hackland Farm. After 50 m turn right into the palm-lined avenue to reach Femma and Rick Hackland’s Aloe Garden.

For more information contact Pandora at 072 692 8124, Heather at 083 665 8010, visit the Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/220353012075291/ or Twitter @mpushini — Supplied.

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