Garden flourishes but needs gear

2019-03-26 06:01
Parkwood residents cleared an area to grow a vegetable garden. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Parkwood residents cleared an area to grow a vegetable garden. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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In little over seven months, a once dumping site has sprung into life in a little corner of Parkwood. Resident and budding activist Max Amensure says after clearing the area in August (“Dump hotspot turned into garden”, People’s Post, 7 August 2018), the area is starting to bring more life with crops starting to yield a harvest.

However, Amensure who founded the Parkwood Community Upliftment organisation feels more support is needed for the project to realise its full potential. The area, which is zoned as a public open space, has yet to be fenced off, which means vegetation and the ground is still prey to vandalism. “We waited on the City to deliver because I took the initiative to clean up a dumping hotspot in Parkwood, where I helped the City by saving them time, money and effort. Just by seeing the good we are doing in the community, especially with the dumping problem the City are sitting with, just to assist us with fencing and water,” says Amensure.

He says his organisation sent correspondence to the mayor’s office requesting added assistance and hopes to receive a response shortly by way of a visit.

Amensure says he has to rely on the generosity of residents to water the patch of land to keep the garden growing, adding that this is not a feasible solution going forward.

“I would ask for a tap for fresh water for our volunteers to drink and for the plants. I plead with the City of Cape Town to come on board. The reality is that we can’t add to people’s water bill. We need water to drink. With the fencing, we need to be protected, because we know that gang violence is flaring up at any time. If it is enclosed then we will have more control,” he says.

Amensure hopes the project continues to grow where they will be able to supply local community organisations, including schools and those in need. “We were looking to donate the vegetables to various senior clubs, social clubs, those in need, to the schools maybe if we have a nice harvest, but only if we can fence down the site then it would be amazing. I believe that we did them (the City) a favour up until now to take up this initiative. There was no dumping since we started up until today.”

People’s Post has approached the City, but they have not been able to respond by the time of going to print.

V For more information or to support Parkwood Community Upliftment, call 061 778 3780.

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