There is some overlap between this portfolio and that of cleaning in that, to a large extent, greener is cleaner and vice versa. This will include “greener” more efficient use of resources – for example liaison with the Tygerburg Nature Reserve towards future joint initiatives.
PORTFOLIO LEAD: Louise Ferreira
LONG TERM GOALS (UP TO 2025)
Restore & Conserve Native Biodiversity in our Green Spaces.
Create Functional Corridors to Connect our Green Spaces to the Tygerberg Nature Reserve. • Increase the Recreational Value of our Green Spaces.
Improve the Habitat Quality of our Green Spaces. No “Blandscaping”!
PROJECT 1: BIODIVERSITY CORRIDORS
Step 1: Transform neglected road verges, vacant public open spaces & parks to serve as green corridors.
Step 2: Remove invasive alien species.
Step 3: Design green spaces to maximise environmental benefit & community use. Focus: restore critically endangered Swartland Shale Renosterveld
Step 4: Plant of pioneer species (year 1); plant nectar-rich species (year 2); & plant specialist species to increase habitat quality (year 3).
Step 5: Work together with the City of Cape Town to manage corridors using biodiversity sensitive practices (mulching, altering frequency and timing of mowing etc.)
Include clearance of invasive alien species along identified corridors in “cleaning & maintenance” schedule of M.E.S.
Home Nursery Programme – WCID volunteers grow plants for corridors. WCID organises training days and provides seeds/cuttings.
In March – April, WCID organises planting days where community members plant our home-grown Swartland Shale Renosterveld plants along corridors.