Staunch and intrepid Hermanus Botanical Society members braved wind and the odd rain shower to do their bit for the Mandela day challenge yesterday.
We were warmly welcomed by Debi, Rowena and Michelle and taken to the clearing spot close to where we parked above the farm. Here a beautiful little river source was choked with small Port Jackson wattle coming up after the devastation fire in January 2019.
We all got stuck in with poppers, spades, forks and weeding tools and soon PJ wattle was lying flat. We were joined by cheerful Camphill farm inmates and their CEO Sam who was most appreciative of our efforts. The vibe around the group of hackers was infectiously buoyant as we declared how good it felt to get our hands dirty in the soil and to be doing a good dead at the same time.
On our departure, as the Camphill folk went off to lunch, we were all give precious handmade gifts made by the inmates, lavender sachets, pots of honey and herbal goodies.
We will go again to Camphill. We will combine a Wednesday Botanical outing soon with the opportunity to walk up the Onus mountain and botanise in their area burnt in January this year and pull baby alien invaders too.
Submitted by Di Marais