Restoration of ecology of Zandvlei plant communities
from the 1995 Autumn Newsletter)
A few years ago the Zandvlei Trust
launched a revegetation programme in which seeds collected from
the last remaining indigenous communities (occurring at a proposed road
site near Steenberg) were cultivated under nursery conditions. More
recently these have been supplemented by appropriate dune species either
bought from indigenous plant nuseries or donated by the City Council's
nursery at Steenberg. Thus far the majority of the plantings have been
concentrated along the north western banks
between the vlei and railway line.
It is wonderful to see that some of the original plants which were
planted are now well established and spreading naturally, and that we
are beginning to reap the rewards of the Trusts members endevours. This
is however very much an ongoing project, as mortalities are high during
the first summer after planting and seedlings of the alien acacia trees
continue to germinate.
The Council nursery at Steenberg is once again growing seedlings for us
this year, for which we are very grateful, and we hope to organise a
planting day after the first good rains.
We are currently planning to create a show piece by planting
indigenous trees and flowers on the Lakeside Main Road, opposite the
Total garage and shops. Whilst we would love to create an area of beauty
and give this valuable wetland area credibility, we are waiting for
response from Council as to the future use of this wetlandarea. We urge
all those interested members of the Trust to become involved in this
worthwhile project which, it is hoped will in a small way return to our
vlei some of what humanity has taken away.
(This is now the Westlake Walkway Garden, which Una Hartley has successfully transformed)