A new Task Team called BOSSIES
(Extract article from the volume 2007/1 Newsletter)
Examples of endemic indigenous pavement corridors linking the Zandvlei and nearby conserved areas.
The background to this project is that a team of around ten people from the Ward 64 area are trained by a mentor (Working for Wetlands trained hopefully) in the art of fynbos rehabilitation and propagation. This team is to receive a fair salary on hopefully a permanent basis. They are to ‘green’ the pavements and areas that are viable (not used directly for walking/recreation) in suburbs like Coniston Park, Lavender Hill, Vrygrond and Hillview, also the areas around Muizenberg. In so doing they, will create biodiversity corridors from and between the local Nature Reserve areas. In turn, hopefully, raise appreciation for fynbos and foster/support for stewardship programs amongst the various communities.
The following needs to be done:
1. Additional funding needs to be sourced and raised for wages, stock purchases, promoting and running the programme (around RK300 per annum).
2. Select areas to be greened by the team.
3. 'Search and Rescue' of fynbos at our ‘wave of developments' in Muizenberg East.
4. Promotion and why Fynbos?
Benefits to the community
5. Selection / development of equipment store and plant propergation / holding area.
6. Formation of volunteer/advice group.
7. Administration systems need to be developed to monitor the project.
Before and after photos showing the growth of indigenous plants along the reshaped banks of Zandvlei.
As for the name of the project - I am open for comments – hopefully members of the ZVT will help with the project on a voluntary basis, over its life span (many years), in other words, it is to be our project in that it makes the Greter Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve and other nearby Reserves more viable by expanding the biome and raising interest in the conservation and fostering interest in our corner of the world.
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