Rehabilitation - Hacking (removing exotic invasive vegetation).
This is a working relationship with the City of Cape Town and the Zandvlei Trust.
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Contact Gavin Lawson or 021 705 5224, for more information. Come and help us and you may learn much and see the benefit of the results of the work we do.
The invasive vegetation often dominates areas where it grows, and tends to suppress the indigenous plants. These exotic plants grow very quickly, removing large amounts of water from the soil and they also create a shade covering canopy in the process. This prevents the sunlight reaching the ground, where the low growing ground covers, bulbs and seedlings struggle to grow in the shade. The exotic plants can and some do alter the soil characteristic by adding nitrogen to it. The fynbos vegetation usually grows in nitrogen poor soils. Another reason these invasive plants tend to dominate, is that their host insects and parasites are not present.
The main species we remove are Port Jackson, Rooikrans, Long leaf Acacia, Manatoka, Brazilian Pepper, Lantana, Cestrum, Pampas, Australian Myrtle (on the mountain), Spanish Broom, Pattersons Curse, Wild Mustard, Prickly Pear and others. A number of these species are garden escapees into the Reserve areas. We work an area to remove the large trees and shrubs to open up an area. Then at a later stage we have to revisit or follow-up in the same area, to remove the new seedlings, which were part of the seed bank deposited by the trees. Many invasive seeds are also bird dispersed.
and Brigitte clearing Cape Honey Suckle creeper a garden escapee which has
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A magnificent Milkwood tree on the site we are working. Almost a classical bonzai display.
Robin and Bary clearing the drainage swale
besides the Old Boyes Drive. This is part of the
are back at the Old Boyes Drive site. The sisal plants have multiplied
Anastasia and Candice, volunteers working on Brazillian Pepper tree stumps.
Barry with a stem of a lantana creeper he has pulled out of the swale area alongside the railway line.
A rain shower moving in behind us while on our way to the area we are working.
Robin, Sue, Bert and Barry exploring a section of the Reserve.
Contact Gavin Lawson on 021 705 5224.