Leon Mar­shall

South African Country Life - - Contributors -

To reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor Leon Mar­shall, con­ser­va­tion­ists re­main a spe­cial breed, and he con­stantly mar­vels at the way they ded­i­cate their lives to pro­tect­ing Mother Na­ture from the harm oth­ers in­flict on her so thought­lessly (and of­ten ma­li­ciously). Leon moved to Knysna shortly af­ter last year’s dev­as­tat­ing fire along the Gar­den Route, and wit­nessed first-hand how vi­tal the im­mense amount of work was in get­ting the ex­trav­a­gantly beau­ti­ful Gar­den Route de­clared as an in­ter­na­tional bio­sphere re­serve. It’s a great suc­cess story, but an on­go­ing one, and get­ting this gi­gan­tic gar­den of na­ture back into tip-top shape is one that is on­go­ing. Says Leon, “There’s a big job ahead,” which you can read about in Tend­ing Na­ture’s Gar­den on page 42.

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