Help Westridge garden grow

2017-07-11 06:03
Magda Campbell & Jean-try Heubner.

Magda Campbell & Jean-try Heubner.

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If you are looking for a way to give back on Mandela Day, organisation Soil for Life is calling on you to join them on Tuesday 18 July at the Beacon organic garden in Westpoort Drive, Westridge.

Volunteers who are willing to dig in and get their hands dirty are needed to help in this earth-friendly community garden situated in the grounds of the Beacon School for Learners with Special Educational Needs.

The garden, which officially opened last year, has been created by Mitchell’s Plain local Magda Campbell in partnership with the school and Soil for Life.

As well as growing organic herbs and vegetables, the garden provides training to the learners, helping equip them for future ­employment.

On Mandela Day volunteers will be helping create a giant composting area.

Compost is a vital ingredient in successful gardening, adding nutrients to the soil, building humus levels and helping retain water.

Everyday waste is used to make the compost, making it beneficial for the environment in many ways – enriching the soil, reducing carbon in the atmosphere and helping minimise waste that ends up in landfill sites.

Volunteers are asked to wear old clothes (suitable for gardening) and bring along biodegradable waste, like fruit and vegetable scraps, garden waste, manure, wood ash, cardboard and newspapers.

V For more information contact Julian Makaranga at Soil for Life on 021 794 4982 during office hours or ­info@­ or visit

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