Green Futures team celebrated the completion of the 18th month Haw & Inglis contract with a sumptuous braai at Sophie’s Place in Elim on Thursday 17 September, sharing laughs and stories of all the challenges faced and overcome during this project.
The Green Futures Horticulture College and Nursery of the Grootbos Foundation secured a contract with Haw & Inglis in 2014 to populate the roadsides of the new Elim – Baardscheerdersbosch road with indigenous plants. This included hydroseeding of the embankments disturbed by the construction from Uilkraal Farm up to Elim village. In April last year 400 kilograms of seed were harvested from the plants along the road before they were taken out by the road engineers.
Whilst the roadworks proceeded, the dedicated team of Green Futures planted trees in Elim and did the final grading of the whole area which was completed in May this year. The preparation for the hydroseeding started at long last in June 2015 by distributing top soil, scarifying and sowing the seeds by hand together with the Hydroseeding team. From there they moved on to Baardscheerdersbosch where planting continued until September. This project exceeded all expectations and the completion proves that the Green Futures team is geared and competent to take on fierce horticultural challenges!