Cape Bird Club and City Work Together to Restore Westridge Park Dune and Promote Environmental Education

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The Cape Bird Club (CBC) has partnered with the City of Cape Town to restore a sand dune near the planned environmental center and outdoor classroom at Westridge Park, Mitchells Plain. This partnership, which began on June 29, 2023, marks a milestone in the ongoing collaboration between the CBC and the City’s Biodiversity Management Branch. The CBC has actively participated in various advisory committees for the City’s Nature Reserves Protected Area, and this initiative aligns with their mission of supporting legacy projects that promote environmental education and habitat restoration.

Westridge Park’s Development Captures the Interest of the Cape Bird Club

The CBC’s involvement in the Zandvlei and False Bay Nature Reserves led to their interest in Westridge Park’s development. The restoration project aims to enhance the local ecosystem by planting indigenous Strandveld species in the sand dunes. This endeavor will take place in three phases, with the final two commencing once the environmental center is complete. Ultimately, the project will benefit not only the native birdlife but also the community, providing educational and leisure opportunities for the public.

The Proposed Environmental Center and Outdoor Classroom

The environmental center and outdoor classroom will feature a Mole snake wooden boardwalk, offering residents a chance to appreciate and learn about the region’s natural heritage. Alderman Eddie Andrews, the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, expressed gratitude to the Cape Bird Club for their commitment to improving the natural environment. He emphasized how the initiative will create an oasis for birdlife in a high-density area and foster a deeper understanding of the ecological history of the area.

City Staff and Cape Bird Club Members Working Together

City staff members from the Sport and Recreation and Environmental Management departments are working closely with Cape Bird Club members to ensure the success of this ambitious project. As the restoration progresses, Westridge Park promises to become a beacon of conservation and environmental education for the residents of Cape Town and beyond.

The Power of Collaboration

This joint effort between the Cape Bird Club and the City of Cape Town demonstrates the power of collaboration between civic organizations and local government in achieving common goals. Together, they seek to protect and preserve the region’s unique birdlife and natural heritage while fostering a deeper appreciation for the environment among the local population. As Westridge Park’s development unfolds, it serves as a reminder that preserving our natural world for future generations takes the collective effort of individuals and organizations alike.

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