Harfield Village Carnival
We raised nearly R10000 at the Carnival last weekend! Thanks to everyone who came and chatted to us on the day, and to those who bought plants from our stall outside the Oggi shop on Second Avenue. The Carnival is our biggest yearly fundraising opportunity, and all the money we make goes to keeping our parks clean and vibrant. This year, we’re aiming to plant indigenous plants sourced from local contributors (and the Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Centre, kindly provided by Communitree), as well as install a rainwater tank in Purley Park.
We’d like to give special thanks to the following individuals and organisations:
• Ingrid Riemeyer, whose hard work was absolutely invaluable in sourcing plants, organising transport and storage
• Flora Jubilee, for donating the beautiful lilies and many succulents.
• Francine, Tina, Thomas, Lala and Di for coming along to plant up mornings, helping with the carting of plants to the stall, making up the stall and taking it down again and for manning the stall during the day!
• John for carrying plants around and helping at the stall.
• Thanks to Gail and Oggi for storing everything overnight and allowing the use of the verandah on the day.
|Congratulations to Shital Raghavjee: The winner of our John Bauer planter pot and beautiful Aloe donated by Ingrid.|
Railway Cleanup – 5 May
Our annual Railway Cleanup is a fabulous way to get involved in maintaining the neighbourhood as a clean and beautiful place to live and we really need your help to do this. This year’s Railway Cleanup will be on Sunday 5 May. We’ll be assembling at Kenilworth station at 8.30am and working our way down to Surrey Park just beyond Harfield Station. If you’ll be joining us on the day, please remember to bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes, bags will be provided. If you’d like to sponsor a labourer for the day, please contact Gail Morrison.
Ruth’s plant posts
Thanks again to Ruth for the fantastic plant photos and extensive captions on Facebook. We really appreciate your continued contributions and look forward to seeing what you snap next!
Garden Party – 18 May 2019
Due to being a bit exhausted after the Carnival, there’ll be no garden party for April. The next gardening party will be on 18 May, 09:00 – 13:00 at Hampstead Park. Donations of mulch, grey water and labour are always appreciated. Hope to see you there!
Polyphagous shothole borer
Unfortunately, an infestation of Polyphagous shothole borer beetle has been confirmed in Somerset West. The FOHP are tracking the trees in the park using the iNaturalist app, and part of that exercise will involve checking them for signs of shothole borer infestation (wilted brown leaves on infested branches, and brown stains around the holes where the beetle has penetrated the tree. You can report any signs on the Cape Town Invasives website, and we will be putting up laminated flyers on the park message boards.