Every year Gondwana’a home owner’s partake in a conservation weekend where they participate in a current conservation project on the reserve, in order to gain a better understanding of their neighborhood. This year was Gondwana’s 9th Annual Home Owner Conservation Weekend which included a fun welcome dinner with a wine tasting with Anthonij Rupert Wines as well as a bush scavenger hunt, but the main event is the half day conservation project where many hands make lighter work. Gondwana is currently working on many wattle clearing and land rehabilitation projects on the reserve and our theme for the weekend supported their research being done in these areas. Our Conservation team established a pilot testing ground where our Home Owners worked to establish and set up various different methods of combating erosion and re-establishing baron land that has been cleared of wattle. Various methods of stabilising soil were explored and implemented such as the construction of retaining walls, the laying of woodchip biodegradable blankets, GeoJute rolls, Hessian rolls and burm and rake methods.
The area in which the Home Owners worked is now a formidable research site in which the Gondwana conservation team will continue to conduct various experiments throughout the year, in support of our teams continuous dedication to eradicating alien vegetation on the reserve. Everyone enjoyed a bush braai afterwards feeling a great sense of accomplishment.
Text & Photographs: Raquel de Castro Maia