The highlights of 2017

Dec 20, 2017

One of the most promising milestones of 2017 is the 30+ home nurseries we managed to establish within 2 months of active recruiting. We have a range of people, some squeezing in their plant nursery onto tiny windowsills, and others spreading their Communitree plants across large expansive gardens. Which every one you are, your contribution really helps, as the power of Communitree is in the number of people like you that are actively involved in greening and learning about local flora.

Thanks to the many home nursery volunteers, our plant stock has grown considerably. At the moment we have 2713 plants in home nurseries and 6458 seeds in our seed banks. Our seed bank numbers were generously boosted with a really great locally indigenous Cape Flats Sand Fynbos bulb seed selection from Kenilworth Race Course Conservation Area and an offer for Rondebosch Golf Course to host a nursery for us.

Work on public spaces in Rondebosch, Mowbray and Rosebank continued while we expanded into a number of areas including Langa, Belhar, Mowbray, and town, which we are looking forward to grow in the new year.

We also started forming relationships with a number of organisations including Friends of Rosebank and Mowbray Greenbelt, Rondebosch Golf Course, Friends of Rondebosch Common, Friends of Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, Friends of Cecil Road Park, Friends of Kenilworth Race Course Conservation Area, Cape Flats Life, Alex Landsdowne, Thandokhulu High, Rustenberg Girls High, Cape Bird Club and Iingcungcu. We look forward to growing and strengthening relationships with these inspiring organisations.

To help us and our volunteers understand locally indigenous plants, we have recently created an online map where users can locate the the area they are from and learn about the vegetation type and plant communities that were historically found where we live before urbanisation happened. A key lesson has been learning about hybridisation and the issue of ‘frankenflora’.

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