Large areas of the Garden Route have been swamped by invasive alien tree species, such as pine and wattle among many others.
In order to assist in combating this, the owners of Reflections Eco-Reserve set about the serious task of clearing the 42 hectares of alien species and re-introducing the indigenous trees of the area. This type of rehabilitation is wonderful for the natural ecosystem of the Garden Route as indigenous tree species need very little water to survive, as well as providing far more habitat to birds, insects and mammals. Plus, more trees mean more oxygen and less carbon dioxide in our air – which helps combat the worrying effects of the current climate change crisis.
To date, the Carr family have planted 3 500 trees on the reserve. All trees are sourced from an empowerment programme for previously disadvantaged communities.
So planting of indigenous trees at Reflections Eco-Reserve has been of benefit to animals, humans, the local communities and the environment!
The Garden Route Branch of The Botanical Society of South Africa has been given the fantastic opportunity to see this active land rehabilitation programme on Sunday, 30 June at 9.30am in Rondevlei. The indigenous vegetation, consisting of Afromontane forest, coastal thicket and fynbos, is thriving and each new season produces new plant highlights and furthers the family’s goal of greater plant diversity. Owner Tim Carr will personally guide this walk through the 42-hectare reserve, sharing his eco-philosophy and insights about this special piece of land and its journey back to its original state.
The event is free for members of The Botanical Society of South Africa, and R45 per person for nonmembers.
All entry fees will be donated to Reflections Eco-Reserve to purchase and plant more trees on the property. As the venue can only host a maximum of 20 people, bookings are absolutely essential.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, 26 June.