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 greenermore efficient use of resources for example liaison with the Tygerburg Nature Reserve towards future joint initiatives.

PORTFOLIO LEAD: LOUISE FEREIRA

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

The “What”

  • 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.)

The “How”

  • 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.

Benefits

  • Improving biodiversity & re-establishing critically endangered Swartland Shale Renosterveld in our transformed urban landscape.
  • Positive effects on physical & psychological health of our residents; social cohesion; a sense of belonging & economic gain.

PROJECT 2: RECREATION

The “How”

  • Include footpaths & seating areas in the design of corridors (e.g. picnic spots in the parks and benches along footpaths).
  • Identify parks and/or neglected public open spaces suitable for construction of “pump tracks” (enlist the help of volunteers to design and build the tracks)
  • Upgrade playground equipment in our parks.

GET INVOLVED

  • Volunteer to serve on the “Greening” committee
  • Join our “home nursery” programme
  • Attend our workshops to learn about wildlife gardening practices & how to propagate fynbos
  • Join us on planting days & alien vegetation clearing events
  • Volunteer to design and/or build “pump tracks” in our neglected green areas or in designated parks.

 

    GET INVOLVED