WESSA End of year newsletter

George/Sedgefield Branch

Newsletter  End of Year 2011

Dear WESSA members and Friends of the Environment, as the year rapidly draws to a close, we would like to remind you of some dates – not necessarily in chronological order – even though the 24th & 25th December are the only ones that anyone is focusing on at present!  

17th December –  Outeniqua Farmers Market    08h00 – 14h00   www.outeniquafarmersmarket.co.za

This new market at the Kraiibosch junction of the N2 withKnysna Road(at the Mall)   is proving very popular.

So much so, that the Committee will again be present with our own gazebo offering information on membership to WESSA  and how to support the anti-frackers – the Treasure the Karoo Action Group.

For non-members, back copies of the quarterly Environment magazine will be on sale @ R35 each.

Christmas is just around the corner – shop early – and environmentally conscious!

Give a WESSA membership to your loved ones!

Your children or grandchildren will love the quarterly magazines which come with the    EnviroKids Membership @ just R 190 per annum. Each magazine is themed (eg. Ocean, Energy, Climate) with loads of activities, puzzles, competitions and stories. If you care for your kids, then you surely care for the environment that they will inherit…….introduce them to environmental issues early and in a fun way !

EnviroKids Competition  Come to the Market  -take part in the competition – perhaps you will win a year’s membership to EnviroKids !

And for the grown-ups……Regional membership only R 95 (quarterly regional newsletter included) and the National membership @ R 285 (only R 185 for under 25s and over 65s) includes the quarterly regional newlsetter as well as the Environment Magazine which is an independent and critical co-production of WESSA, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Cape Leopard Trust, Game Rangers Assoc. of Africa, SANCCOB, Wildlands Conservation Trust and the Wilderness Foundation of South Africa.

The easiest way to obtain any of these memberships at the Outeniqua Farmers Market in George on the 17th December  !  CASH ONLY !!!!!!

18 th December – Bird count at the Heronry, old Crocodile Farm,York Street

Last count – 1858 birds !!!!!!! Come and help from ca 17h30 ’til sunset.If you go to see the birds at other times, please sign in as requested and make sure you have the Municipal „Permission for access“ letter which is available from your Secretary.


49 Caledon Street   

Tel: 044 874 1558            

Fax: 086 627 9445

Email: scherb@pixie.co.za     

Website: www.botanicalgarden.org.za


At last …… the Gardens will be locked and unlocked at official times!

Due to the lack of adequate security, and even with a disclaimer to the contrary, for many years the Botanical Garden has been accessible 24 hours a day.  This allowed for illicit activity such as drinking, drug use, vandalism, and even harsher crimes to occur, especially at night time.  

Now, the Garden has been fenced at considerable cost, and the Management is in a position to protect the facility by locking it at night time.


November – February ……..  07h00 – 19h00

March – April …………..  07h00 – 18h00

May – August ……………  08h00 – 17h00

September – October ……..  07h00 – 18h00

For more information on this please call Kristen on 044 874 1558 or email scherb@pixie.co.za.


The Nursery will be open this SATURDAY, the 10th December 2011 from 09:00 – 12:00. Indigenous plants are available at very reasonable prices.

Die Bof will also be present selling Fynbos.

Martha & Maria’s Tea Garden will also be open.

Remember parking is available at the Botanical Garden’s offices.

Carols by Candlelight in theGardenRouteBotanical Garden– 11 December 2011

Bring family and friends, chairs and candles, your picnic basket and a strong singing voice!

Come early and enjoy your picnic in the garden before joining the South Cape Symphony Orchestra for this inaugural concert on the events lawn.  

DATE: Sunday, 11 December 2011

TIME: From 18h30 – 19h30

VENUE:GardenRouteBotanical Garden,Caledon Street

ENTRANCE FREE – Collection for the benefit of Life Community Services

2012  is just around the corner – frightening how time flies!

Saturday, 21 January – Geology of the Klein Karoo  ( R100 per person)

Owing to popular demand as well as the willingness of our Three Geologists (Peter Ginn, Paul Rixom and Colin Ralston) we will be offering one of each tour early in 2012.

Saturday, 24th March  – Coastal Geology      (R 80 per person).

Remember that our geologists do this at no cost other than their petrol expense

Sometime in May – a new geological route  – The Kammanassie Circuit

Details to follow.

If you are interested in participating in these very informative self-drive day trips please send the secretary an e-mail.

21 April WESSA George/Sedgefield Branch and FROGH AGM.

Please diarise for 10h00 – venue tba.

As always, feel free to distribute this to others who might be interested.

….That’s it for 2011.

We , your Committee, hope you enjoy the Festive Season with your familiy and friends and look forward  to seeing more of you in the New Year!

All the best,  

Christine Ridge-Schnaufer    

Honorary Secretary ,        


George/Sedgefield Branch 

Tel:         044-873-4203            

Fax 086 646 5458            

e-mail: wessageorge@isat.co.za

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