New Event Venue
It is little secret that The Garden is in need of funding. Through the years this has always been our biggest plight and we are continuously exploring funding opportunities. It was decided that the Garden itself needed to create avenues of continuous income through its operations. We thus funded the erection of the old gazebo roof which stood in York Street. This was quite a challenge as the structure weighs almost four tons and is a very cumbersome object. This venue will be used for music concerts, weddings and the like.
2) Hedge Planting Project
In an effort to erect a barrier around the GRBG an initiative has been started to plant a thorny hedge around the entire border of the GRBG. Barrier plants have been used effectively for thousands of years preceding modern day fences and walls. The correct species and planting system can, in a relatively short period, provide an almost impenetrable barrier.
Some four thousand cuttings have been made from an indigenous plant species occurring in the southern cape, namely the Common Spike thorn Gymnosporia buxifolia. This plant grows rapidly and is an extremely thorny dense growing shrub.
The hedge will not substitute a fence. When it is financially possible to erect a fence the fence will be erected just behind the thorn barrier and in this way the two combined will act as an impenetrable barrier.
Advantages of a living fence include:
- More pleasing to look at than a wire fence
- Allows movement of small animals through the barrier
- Provides habitat and shelter for micro fauna
- Is more ecologically friendly
- Costs minimal to erect
- Will outlast a fence many times over
- Project account
The GRBG has an independent “Project” Bank account. Money deposited into this account may be used only for the projects that it is specified for. Any persons or businesses that feel led to donate moneys to any of our ongoing projects can feel free to do so and would be much appreciated..