Dendrolgical Society visit Bushbuck Garden

Dendrolgical Society to visit Bushbuck Garden

The Port Elizabeth section of the Dendrological Society is having their monthly outing to Bushbuck Garden on Sunday 26th November at 09h00. This is an open invitation to anyone who has an interest in trees and nature in general to join us to learn a bit more about our Eastern Cape trees.

At Bushbuck Garden, we have paths that are reasonably well maintained that go from the river into the forests, out of the forests and into the fynbos etc. The vegetation is varied from forest to fynbos. The paths penetrate the depths of the forests very nicely. A prominent species in the one valley is Nuxia floribunda and in the other Cassine peragua. These are obviously complimented by a wide variety of other species.

Trees will be identified and cross referenced in order that tree tags can be attached to the stems to provide a permanent guide to the species.

Toilet facilities are available at the house on the farm and a picnic, after the walk, can be enjoyed on the banks of the river on the lawns under a magnificent yellowwood tree. Please bring your own picnic basket and drinks. For those so inclined, a bass could be caught in the river from the comfort of a wooden deck over the water. You could try to add a new bird species to the 167 that have been identified on the farm to date.

For directions to Bushbuck Garden enter ‘Bushbuck Garden’ on Google maps.

Please join us for a magnificent day in the country and learn more about our exquisite tree heritage.

Bushbuck Garden

Dune Ridge Wine Festival

Don’t miss the first Dune Ridge Wine Festival this Saturday

This Saturday, the 25th November, will see the first Dune Ridge Wine Festival being held – a wonderful day out for friends and family that promises to be the event of the season.

Tickets for the event, being held in aid of St Francis Animal Rescue, and hosted by Dune Ridge Country House, will cost R180 entrance for adults, which includes a wine tasting, and R40 for under 18s and children, which includes popcorn and juice.

To avoid disappointment, buying tickets in advance is advisable, and this can be done at Toffee and Kouga Print in the village, as well as at Dune Ridge and directly from Kym Argo. There will also be tickets on sale at the door.

Organisers Kym Argo and Sarah Swanepoel have brought some exciting wine estates on board, including Antonij Rupert, Gabrielskloof, Blaauwklippen and Rhebokskloof. For gin lovers, Tripple Three and Fitch & Leeds Gin Bar, will offer tastings during the afternoon.

Dune Ridge will also have a selection of delicious picnic platters available, a cheese option and a gourmet option, for R80 and R100 respectively. Popcorn and juice will also be available for sale on the day.

Kym and Sarah say this event is the ideal way to kick off the festive season, and get in the holiday mood. “A glass of wine, a craft G&T, a runny brie, some live music, and relaxing with family and friends on the lawn – what’s not to love?”

Saturday’s event will be the first in series of festivals and events, Kym and Sarah have exciting plans in place for a magnificent winter event.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to a cause close to many residents’ hearts – St Francis Animal Rescue. “This will ensure that our four-legged friends have a happy Christmas and New Year too,” they add.

Susan Rae Fox, who head’s up St Francis Animal Rescue, says: “St Francis Animal Rescue has been very active in terms of fund-raising this year and we are so thankful for the generous support we’ve received from all  animal lovers who help us improve the quality of lives of dogs and cats living in the community of Sea Vista.”

She says that all funds raised from the festival, as with all donations the organisation receives, will be used to drive its ‘Open Your Eyes & Sterilise’ campaign, which aims to spay and neuter Sea Vista pets to reduce puppy and kitten populations, and prevent the cruelty and neglect that often stems from overbreeding.

“This year, thanks to the kindness of friends and followers, we’ve been able to sterilise 179 Sea Vista cats and dogs, working together with dedicated local vets – Dr Nerine Botha from Aloe Vet and Dr Annelise Barker from Humansdorp Vets.  As awareness of our programme grows, so do the numbers of animal we are able to sterilise.”

“We couldn’t do any of this without the help of St Francis residents – and we are grateful to everyone for believing in us and what we do,” concludes Susan.

Article by Kirsten Doyle