Hout Bay residents may have noticed a digger hard at work on the Sentinel Primary embankment earlier this month. All the earth moving was in preparation for the August Community Dig In where volunteers planted trees on 3 tiered terraces of the embankment at Sentinel School.
Mark Kretzmann of Livingscapes, volunteered his professional time to draw up a plan of the embankment rehabilitation, supervise the digger loader in the week before and then ensure that the trees were correctly planted on the day.
Locals Digging in & Planting Trees
Spade wielding community members were met and welcomed by the powerful sounds of the School Marimba band playing against the backdrop of the stunning Bay. Soup bubbled on the stove to nurture hungry stomachs and lemonade flowed.
Jennifer Manikkkam, Thrive co-organiser of the event said, “I was deeply touched at the sight of a 75 year old man digging holes with a tiny boy of 3 years alongside him valiantly trying to make his mark as they planted a young fig tree.”
Principal, teachers, community members and learners worked shoulder to shoulder to fulfil a vision of creating a tree and fynbos filled embankment on what previously looked more like a rubbish tip.
100 Trees Standing Tall
By 1pm all 100 trees were standing tall and the diggers and planters felt proud and satisfied with their morning’s efforts.
Deserona Cloete, teacher at the school, organised the enthusiastic learners of the Enviroclub to take ownership of the trees. She has drawn up a roster to ensure that the young trees get watered every day. Two litre plastic bottles were buried alongside each tree to make sure that when watered the water reaches the tree roots.
Sentinel Primary partnered with Thrive Hout Bay to accomplish the rehabilitation of the embankment.