Growing more greens

2018-07-24 06:00
From left: Paul Hoekman, Taringana Nyamunda, Frances Tylor, Belisa Rodrigues and Bukiwe Tshetsha. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

From left: Paul Hoekman, Taringana Nyamunda, Frances Tylor, Belisa Rodrigues and Bukiwe Tshetsha. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Rondebosch-based non-profit organisation (NPO) Communitree needs more public participation to carry on its mandate of promoting biodiversity in the surroundings of Cape Town.

The organisation was started with the aim to promote and protect greening in urban areas. The NPO currently operates along Table Mountain, Rondebosch Common, Rondevlei and neighbouring suburbs.

They sow indigenous plants, pull out weeds and hack alien plants in public spaces. They also help with home-based nurseries, some of which belong to their volunteers. They currently have 70 volunteers between the ages of 10 and 84, from different communities, helping them fulfil their mission­.

People’s Post found them in action on the corner of Strubens and Koornhoop roads on Tuesday 17 July.

Paul Hoekman, co-founder of the NPO, explained that they were planting sour fig, cobra lilies and pelargoniums. He says these are some of the environmentally-friendly plants they work with as it’s not just good vegetation but also gracious to insects as well.

“Besides greening, this allows free movement of natural species on the ground without exposing them to threatening circumstances on bare land. Our gardens are lined up to create a stepping-stone corridor for sunbirds and insects from Table Mountain across the Cape Flats. That is what biodiversity is about – looking after natural species – and we are glad to be doing this for our communities.”

He said the support they are receiving is enormous.

His partner, Frances Tylor, said this is a project for everyone and they want to see it grow and spread to other places. She said biodiversity is what makes Cape Town unique and it is important to embrace it, especially during the severe climate changes in the province.

She said they need as many volunteers as they can get to make a success of their goals.

According to Tylor, the NPO has already received the support of other environmental conservation projects in Cape Town and they are open to partnership. V Visit find out more about the NPO.


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