Wilderness Foundation Africa coordinated and managed thicket restoration on 74 hectares of degraded land in the Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve from 2009 to 2016. Planting activities were aimed to restore the degraded ecosystem while also creating employment within the nearby Cambria community. Spekboom (Portulacaria afra) is a predominant specie of the natural vegetation of this area, Sub-tropical Thicket. Restoration focussed on re-establishing the abundance and distribution of this species where it had been severely reduced by previous agricultural activities. Approximately 292 000 cuttings of spekboom were planted together with other indigenous woody tree species over the period of the project.
Planting took place between 2009 and 2016 and approximately 4 000 cuttings per hectare were planted. The cuttings were ecologically harvested at the prescribed percentage from intact natural thicket in the surrounding landscape. These were then bagged and kept in a nursery for three months till sufficient roots have developed, before planting out in the restoration sites. Approximately 292 000 cuttings of spekboom (Portulacaria afra) were planted together with a range of other locally grown indigenous species over the period of the project.
This project reached its end in November 2016 due to all the planned planting areas been successfully completed. The ownership of the farm, Roberts Haven, is now in the process of being transferred to the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency.
- Angus Tanner
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