Greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve
Madiba Day 18 July 2011, the
The Reserve Staff arrived early and off loaded the trays and bags of plants all propagated at the Nature Reserve nursery. The two nominated planting sites were cleared of the brush from a previous cutting.
The species list and quanities for todays
Stacking the dry branches and stems of the invasive cut trees and shrubs.
Isgaak, Liam and Taariq digging the holes and Cassy placing the various species on the planting site.
Eddie with some watsonias. Phylica ericoides.
Psoralea repens. Gladiolus angustus.
Lampranthus reptens. Passerina paludosa and Struthiola ciliate.
Cassy found a Giant Table Mountain Cockroach female under some bark.
The Mountain Men Team arriving shortly after 09h00.
Mark is impressed with the groups enthusiasm and energy.
This was the first area which was
planted. It was previously cleared of invassive trees and plants
While we were working the Zandvlei juvenile African Fish Eagle flew over head riding the warm rising air off the mountain ridges.
Jane compacting the soil around her first one. Carol putting a plant in a hole.
Brenda patting down the soil . Tracy with her next plant.
Janine finishing her last one. Niven and Mark digging more holes.
Brenda and Linda with a team effort. Luzelle and Janine also working in a team.
The Mountain Men patrolling vehicle stopped to check on the procedings.
Then to the second area which is
also visible from the road, also an area previously
This was delicate work planting
out the small Gladiolus bulbs
on the pavement.
Nearly finished this section. Zandvlei estuary in the background.
Cassy explaining the significance
of this planting at the site and giving The Team some general
With so many hands the planting went quicker than expected, so all went down the hill to help drag out the previously cut invasive tree branches into piles for collection by the Reserve Staff.
Thank you to all the volunteers and staff for more than 67 minutes of umbuntu.
The Mountain Men Team at the Zandvlei Nature Reserve on Madiba Day - 18/07/2011.
back row l to r; Isgaak Crombie, Taariq Fakier, Janine Jacobs, Mark Arendse.