The planting of 116 indigenous trees in Melkbosstrand by the City has been welcomed by the local ratepayers’ association.
“We were looking a bit scruffy and neglected. Now there are trees lining the Duynefontein access Road, the M19 approach, along Otto Du Plessis Drive at the primary school and high school, and new plantings in our parks,” said Smokie la Grange, chairwoman of the Melkbosstrand Ratepayers’ Association.
She also commended a volunteer group, Beautifying Melkbosstrand, for its persistence in requesting trees for the community.
The trees were allocated to the area by ward councillor Paul Swart through the City’s recreation and parks department branch in Atlantis, with the help of Ricky Chetty and Keith September who work there.
The trees planted include Syzygium guineense, Syzygium cordatum, Ficus rubiginosa, Sideroxylon inerme and Harpephyllum caffrum.
Mr Swart said the Atlantis branch of the City’s recreation and parks department had notified councillors that trees were available at the City’s Newlands Nursery for spring planting in their wards.
He thanked the Melkbosstrand Ratepayers’ Association, Beautifying Melkbosstrand and the recreation and parks department for helping with the project as well all volunteers who helped to beautify open spaces in the ward.
“The planting happened during the last two weeks and is now concluded for the moment, although these efforts and work will continue on an ongoing basis, based on the availability of vegetation,” said Mr Swart.