Conservation on track at Kenilworth Racecourse

The group that took part in a restoration initiative at Kenilworth Racecourse.

Volunteers joined a conservation group to plant more than 50 indigenous seedling at the Kenilworth Racecourse nature reserve.

The group, the Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area (KRCA), held the planting on Saturday June 11 as part of the Make A Difference Week initiative by the Society For Ecological Restoration.

The annual global project allows volunteers to participate in local restoration events, and this year the week-long event was held from Saturday June 4 to Saturday June 11.

KRCA assistant conservation officer Fayruz Prins said the group of 15 spent the morning exploring parts of the Kenilworth Racecourse that had been inadvertently protected since 1882 when the racecourse was built.

“The group was taken to a section, which had previously been disturbed and needed some TLC. They were given garden spades and dug holes to sow 53 plants that were propagated from KRCA’s on-site nursery to revegetate the area. The plants were strategically planted in clumps just before the heavy rains to ensure the best chance of facilitating the restoration and veld’s recovery,” she said.

KRCA forms part of the Nature Care Fund, a unit from Nature Connect that supports and drives conservation initiatives in Cape Town. The organisation also creates gateways for youth to enter the green economy by giving volunteers on-site experiences.

Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area’s assistant conservation officer Fayruz Prins.
From left, are Reece Carelsen, Ncumisa Kholobile and Okuhle Njumba.