A gar­den bloss­oms in Horn­lee

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - Sup­p­lied

In part­ners­hip with P­led­ge Na­tu­re Re­ser­ve, the en­vi­ron­men­tal so­ci­al en­ter­pri­se G­reen­pop of­fi­ci­al­ly o­pe­ned its E­den Fe­s­ti­val of Acti­on at the re­ser­ve in Knys­na on T­hurs­day 21 Ju­ne.

A ce­re­mo­ni­al milk­wood tree was plan­ted and at­ten­dees we­re tre­a­ted to a se­lecti­on of li­ve mu­sic cour­te­sy of on-si­te G­reen­pop mu­si­ci­ans.

G­reen­pop foun­der Misha Te­as­da­le pro­vi­ded a warm wel­co­me and pro­gram­mes ma­na­ger Mat­thew Koe­horst out­li­ned the go­als of the i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve and the nu­me­rous and mul­ti­fa­ce­ted acti­va­ti­ons that will ta­ke pla­ce o­ver the cour­se of the fe­s­ti­val.

La­bou­ring for na­tu­re

O­ver the past wee­kend, 80 par­ti­ci­pants bet­ween the a­ges of 13 and 19 ar­ri­ved in the Gar­den Rou­te for the fe­s­ti­val’s first week of acti­ve in­vol­vement in the re­fo­re­sta­ti­on and re­ha­bi­li­ta­ti­on of the E­den Dis­trict, one y­e­ar af­ter the fi­res.

On Sun­day, the first acti­ve day, the 80 par­ti­ci­pants as­sis­ted the Gou­kam­ma Na­tu­re Re­ser­ve with a­lien ve­ge­ta­ti­on cle­a­ring in pre­pa­ra­ti­on for u­p­co­ming in­di­ge­nous re­fo­re­sta­ti­on of the a­rea.

Throug­hout the three weeks of col­lecti­ve acti­on, 4 052 trees are to be plan­ted bet­ween four re­fo­re­sta­ti­on si­tes and three ur­ban green­ing lo­ca­ti­ons. Pu­blic mu­ral pain­ting, spea­ker e­ve­nings, li­ve mu­sic and mo­vie nig­hts will al­so be in­trin­sic parts of the pro­gram­me.

Much to do and le­arn

G­reen­pop’s p­ri­ma­ry go­al is to aid in the re­sto­ra­ti­on of na­tu­ral ha­bi­tats and e­cosys­tems throug­hout the E­den Dis­trict, through acti­ve days of in­di­ge­nous re­fo­re­sta­ti­on, a­lien ve­ge­ta­ti­on cle­a­ring, and be­ach cle­a­nups which will al­so be o­pen to the pu­blic, free of char­ge.

The ful­ly fa­ci­li­ta­ted pro­gram­me will in­vol­ve and sho­w­ca­se sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty and eco-en­ter­pri­se works­hops, na­tu­ral-buil­ding techni­ques, and host en­vi­ron­men­tal talks. The fo­cus is to pro­vi­de par­ti­ci­pants and vo­lun­teers a­li­ke with the op­por­tu­ni­ty to acti­ve­ly ma­ke a dif­fe­ren­ce within their na­tu­ral en­vi­ron­ment, as well as e­quip them with a ran­ge of sus­tai­na­ble skills that will al­low them to le­a­ve the fe­s­ti­val in­spi­red and with hands re­a­dy to con­ti­nue ma­king a dif­fe­ren­ce within their day-to-day li­ves.

T­he­re are still spa­ces a­vai­la­ble for the thi­rd and fi­nal All A­ges Week, a ful­ly fa­ci­li­ta­ted pro­gram­me ba­sed at Pe­a­ce of E­den in Rheenendal. For mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on or to ap­ply, vi­sit www. fes­ti­va­lo­facti­on.com or www.g­reen­pop. org –

See mo­re p­ho­tos at www.knys­na­pletthe­rald.com

The o­pe­ning e­vent at P­led­ge Na­tu­re Re­ser­ve in the he­art of Knys­na was well at­ten­ded.

P­ho­tos: Sup­p­lied

Pro­gram­me par­ti­ci­pants in the Gou­kam­ma a­lien ve­ge­ta­ti­on cle­a­ring i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve.

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