This month Waverley Hills organic farm near Wolseley, in association with Cape Nature started a community environmental education programme. The aim was to provide children in the local community with a sense of pride and to create a ‘greener’ environment.
Over 150 children participated from 6 schools – Drostdy Primary, Twee Jong Gezellen, Montrouge VGK Primary, Steinthal Children’s Home, Petra Memorial VGK Primary and Witzenberg Primary. There were presentations by Marx-Lenin Nagan, Cape Nature Community Conservation Officer, and Johann van Biljon, Waverley Hills Environmental Officer, who discussed the conservation and cultivation of Fynbos.
The children also crafted medicinal plants as part of their practical exercise.
3 stages are planned for the program:
- Stage 1 will deal with recycling and waste control.
Every child will plant 2 propagated plants in pots to take back to school. The children will take care of their plants until a strong root system has developed. One of the plants will we planted in the school’s garden and the other one will be taken home.
Fynbos and design for everyone
- Stage 3 will take place in individual schools.
Fynbos gardening will be discussed, as well as how to design a small garden. The schools were asked to prepare a small area on their property in advance for a fynbos garden. Waverley Hills and Cape Nature will assist in the design and planting of the garden.
- Stage 4 will take place in September at Waverley Hills conference venue.
There will be a discussion by Cape Nature on medicinal plants, dealing with how the children can use the plants they have grown. During this part of the program every child will make two medicinal boards for their plants – one for the school garden and the other one will go home.