Zandvlei trust

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,
in Promenade Road, Muizenberg. The Eco Festival was part of the Muizenberg Festival and a
part of the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014.                              updated 14/10/2014.


photograph by Sharon McCallum.

The group of children from Village Heights Community Centre who arrived by taxi, which was 
funded by Lotto money and as part of the ZVT / CTEET Environmental Education Programme.
Sharon McCallum, Chairman of ZVT is in the back row, on the right.


photograph by Nelisiwe Zanele.

The Caracal looks a little apprehensive having its photo taken.


photograph by Sharon McCallum.

There was a Bontebok to greet us at the Rendezvous entrance steps, discreetly waiting in the vegetation.


photograph by Nelisiwe Zanele.

The Bontebok behaved himself and stood still so she could have her photo taken with him.


photograph by Sharon McCallum.

These children are from the Vrygrond Library and their transport was also funded by the
ZVT / CTEET / Lotto Environemental Education Programme.


photograph by Nelisiwe Zanele.

The Cape Crow is offering her a twig as a present.


photograph by Sharon McCallum.

Rob Woodward ZVT Exco member and Helen Turnbull from the Cape Leopard Trust.


photograph by Nelisiwe Zanele.

"Look at my little green frog."


photograph by Rob Woodward.

Mark Arendse the Environmental Education Manager from the Zandvlei Nature Reserve had all the
people who had come to the opening form a circle, as part of the introduction to the event.
Then the fun began....


photograph by Sharon McCallum.

On the veranda under the shade cloth was an outdoor classroom set up. Here Patrick Dowling, 
WESSA, together with Victoria from WESSA, talking about earthworms farming or composting
organic matter with a demonstration of what is involved.

 
photograph by Rob Woodward.

Victoria showing the group some pictures of earthworms during the talk about earthworms.

 
photograph by Rob Woodward.

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.


photograph by Nelisiwe Zanele.

Then he asked a couple of groups to have a closer lookat the earthworms.


photograph by Nelisiwe Zanele.

Here he is pointing out an earthworm, come on and get your hands into the compost and get 
an earthworm out and have a good look at it.


photograph by Nelisiwe Zanele.

So down on their hands and knees they went to have a closer look.

 
photograph by Rob Woodward.

Earthworms doing their work to break down the decaying plant and organic matter
into what is called "Black Gold" - compost.


photograph by Rob Woodward.

.....checking out an earthworm.... "it is not a baby snake girls". Some of the girls are not convinced.


photograph by Sharon McCallum.

He thought he might try eating one, just to impress the girls, shrieking in the background.
(He did not, it was some fun for the camera).


photograph by Sharon McCallum.

......and then Peter Kruger, ZVT Deputy Chair introduced Grant Smith inside the Rendezvous....


photograph by Rob Woodward.

....and there followed a snake demonstration and education talk.


photograph by Nelisiwe Zanele.

There were big ones too... a Mole Snake.


photograph by Nelisiwe Zanele.

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.


photograph by Cherry Giljam.

Lining up to get the information for the "Hunt".

See more photos at the Treasure Hunt.        updated 15/10/2014.

 

12/10/2014 - Sharon reports;         new 15/10/2014.
On the Thursday 9th October – about 80 people took boat rides and walks through the Reserve. Robin and Pat Burnett were there for a while and they thoroughly enjoyed and felt the boat rides were an innovation and such a success.
ZVT Exco members Peter, Rob, Laurie and I walked a number of people from Café Alive to the embarking point.
On my turn, I took four Muizenbergers who had never walked along the vlei and didn’t know anything about the Nature Reserve and were so excited about being able to go on the water in a boat!

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.

 


                                                                                                                                                 

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