by William Bond.
The indigenous vegetation that once bordered the Zandvlei Wetlands has vanished into housing estate, lakeside lawns or under alien Acacias.
Trust members recognised the rapid attrition of coastal strandveld in the vlei area and throughout a large part of the False Bay area and decided to do something about it by restoring wasteland to the original trees and shrubs. The first problem was finding the plants: plant nurseries, private or city, didn’t stock them – so we grew them ourselves.
Seeds were collected by Trust members from remnants of bush in the last throes of invasion by Port Jackson or human settlements. We potted them and tended them, with the aid of the Muizenberg CTCC nursery, until ready to plant out.
Members planted out trees and shrubs in a few selected areas round the vlei, inevitably on
national Arbor Days in August.
Could anyone interested in this rewarding project please contact William.