The purpose of this unit, which covers several pig sties, is to express the important role that indigenous trees and plants along river banks, have in keeping water clean, reducing erosion, protecting biodiversity and helping to mitigate climate change.
Over 14000 trees have been planted to date, and many more will be done over the next few months.
This has been done with the help of the general public and other volunteers who help with seed collection, bagging, nursery duties and planting out.
The first phase of the project was funded by the Dutch government, though Living Lands. Land Care played a facilitation role and helped propagate difficult seeds, and the consultants were Intaba Environmental services. The nursery facilities were supplied by DelVera Agri Viilage and the Simonsberg Eco Educational Centre.Local land owners.
The project has developed a skills transfer component where the public, farm workers, other NGO staff and municipal workers have been engaged in learning the different stages of propagation. It is intended to role this program out to other areas and encourage private land owners to follow suit. The first role out has begun in Franschhoek with five farms being involved.