Zandvlei Eco Festival - 08 October 2014.
A working partnership with the The Zandvlei Trust and City of Cape Town, National Environmental NPO's, Local NPO's, local businesses and part funded by the LOTTO.
On a lovely sunny afternoon the Eco
Festival started off at the False Bay Rendezvous,
The group of children from
Village Heights Community Centre who arrived by taxi, which was
The Caracal looks a little apprehensive having its photo taken.
There was a Bontebok to greet us at the Rendezvous entrance steps, discreetly waiting in the vegetation.
The Bontebok behaved himself and stood still so she could have her photo taken with him.
These children are from the
Vrygrond Library and their transport was also funded by the
The Cape Crow is offering her a twig as a present.
Rob Woodward ZVT Exco member and Helen Turnbull from the Cape Leopard Trust.
"Look at my little green frog."
Mark Arendse the Environmental
Education Manager from the Zandvlei Nature Reserve had all the
On the veranda under the shade
cloth was an outdoor classroom set up. Here Patrick Dowling,
Victoria showing the group some pictures of earthworms during the talk about earthworms.
Patrick spoke about how beneficial this practise is so that gardens can be enriched with this important ingredient especially in areas of the Cape Flats, where the soil in very sandy.
Then he asked a couple of groups to have a closer lookat the earthworms.
Here he is pointing out an
earthworm, come on and get your hands into the compost and get
So down on their hands and knees they went to have a closer look.
Earthworms doing their work to
break down the decaying plant and organic matter
.....checking out an earthworm.... "it is not a baby snake girls". Some of the girls are not convinced.
He thought he might try eating
one, just to impress the girls, shrieking in the background.
......and then Peter Kruger, ZVT Deputy Chair introduced Grant Smith inside the Rendezvous....
....and there followed a snake demonstration and education talk.
There were big ones too... a Mole Snake.
Demonstrating how to control the snake at a distance from ones body.
Then on Friday 10th October there was a Treasure Hunt on Park Island.
Children and adults came from Vrygrond, Retreat, Village Heights, Marina da Gama, Muizenberg and Lakeside. The Zandvlei Nature Reserve staff organised and supervised the activity, together with ZVT members.
Lining up to get the information for the "Hunt".
See more photos at the Treasure Hunt. updated 15/10/2014.
12/10/2014 - Sharon
Cormac Cullinan’s talk drew about 40 people at Planet Kids and was very well received – Ian McCallum had about 60 last night at Café Alive – and he got a standing ovation!
The Fynbos Foraging didn’t have such a good turn out – I went and really enjoyed it, but would have like more information.
Apparently the Tedx talks on Thursday night was completely packed out and really great.
Oh yes, and I heard – not confirmed – that all the day picnickers on the western shore saw that boat rides were in the offing yesterday and the Zandvlei Nature Reserve staff had to take around 350 and ran out of fuel.
James Mugabe had a very successful Treasure Hunt with 69 kids on Park Island on Friday 10th October with 4 donated 2 Oceans Aquarium tickets were the main prize – and a number of smaller prizes for the runners up. There were plenty of goodies to eat with doughnuts and biscuits for all, as well as juice and apples. Got to keep it a little healthy.
James also had over 30 kids from the pre-school at the Reserve in the morning on Friday.