They have carried out an exercise of cutting down the old grasses, and more importantly the alien plant species. The purpose of this is to systematically remove the alien plants and allow the indigenous plants to take hold of the area.
They have just completed an Environmental Assessment, with the assistance of an external environmental consultant. He is busy finalizing the report complete with recommendations.
One of the recommendations is that they carry out a controlled burn of the Vlei area. This will assist in destroying the alien vegetation and at the same time promote the germination of the natural flora. This is scheduled to take place on Thursday the 18th of August from 9am till 4pm (Weather and Fire Danger Index permitting). The burn will be carried out by a professional team from the Lions River Fire Protection Association.
Please could you ensure that you keep your doors and windows closed, swimming pools covered, and washing off your wash-lines, on that day.
Another recommendation that St Anne's will be acting on in the next few months, is the systematic removal of some of the alien trees. They intend running a two for one replacement programme where we will plant two indigenous trees for every alien we cut down.
Please do not hesitate to contact Clair Lock or Mark Duncan at St Anne's should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.
Photograph of Vlei taken September 2010.