Zandvlei Trust

Village Heights Community Centre - 09 Juney 2016.

 This is a working relationship with Village Heights Community Centre,
Table Mountain Fund, Amy Rusch
and Zandvlei Trust.

Repair to the "tree" which broke in high winds one night in May. So we had the use of a hot gun for the afternoon so it was a hurried process with all hands available to help to repair the tree. We had to get it back in the vegetable garden so it can endure the elements for a couple of months.

The base was dug out of the garden and it was decided the base had to be made 
much bigger and heavier.

Some recycled plastic piping is being tried in the centre of the tree stems. Heat shrinking to see how
it will work.

The "old tree stems taken apart.

Part of the collection of stored waste materials for this repair.

Stuffing plastic refuse into the bottles around the plastic pipe.

It was decided to make a multi stemmed tree instead of a single stemmed one. A nearby few 
trees were observed and copied.

So how to join and reinforce the base branches?

This was one idea tried. 

Then a metal reinforced plastic tubing was used to brace the tree stems together.

Team work is required as the stems cannot support themselves yet.

Veronica multi tasking - now feeding the hungry baby.

Then off to the garden and a new place near the fence out of the way was selected.

Using bricks around the base to support the multi stemmed tree.

Planting the tree.

The new place.

The Tyre Forest in the background.

The objective is to monitor the weathering of the structure to the elements.
This is just a practical experimental part of the exercise.
It is not anything like the finished tree is envisaged to be.


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