Hacking Team at Zandvlei Nature Reserve – September 2011.

This is a working relationship with the City of Cape Town and the Zandvlei Trust.

Milan is a neighbour and came to help today, after speaking to us last month. We met more neighbours who were very supportive of the work we are doing and have offered some help in the form of paid labour. This is a great community spirit and very welcome. We shall take them up on the offer.
The weather was cool, overcast with high cloud and a very slight breeze from the SW. Ideal working conditions. We managed to down a number of Port Jackson, Rooikrans and a couple of Australian Myrtle trees. Bowen was pulling wild mustard and cleared some lantarna. Bert also found a gum sapling missed last month. Catherine found sawing more difficult as the sap has risen in the stems of the trees and gums up the saw blade.

We found these trees cut at chest height and not treated with a herbicide, by some untrained persons.
This pretty show of flowers were in a clearing where we worked previously. And chomping away at the new stems were caterpillars.
We are still learning the new names of the plants on the hillside.



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