6 May 2022

Walking the many trails in our 4 FOSTER Reserves, I am often stopped by people enjoying a walk or casual cycle who want to compliment FOSTER on how great the reserves look and how well maintained the paths are. This, of course, does not happen on its own. 

Our reserve management team, led by Dave Bomer, is hard at work every day to maintain the trails and work on our alien bush clearing project. 

This is funded by a group of concerned residents in the greater St Francis area who have made substantial donations to FOSTER.

The one photo shows the team at work in the Cape St Francis Reserve, whilst the other gives one a sense of the extent of the work that they have done in often remote and challenging terrain that is difficult to reach. All the brown/grey patches are now dead rooikrans trees.  

We believe that when the project is concluded, we will have some of the country’s only nearly alien free reserves. Thank you to our generous supporters who wish to remain anonymous at this stage. Should you want to have a guided walk to see the work that has been done, please send an email to mattgennrich3@gmail.com.

FOSTER received a pleasant surprise last week when we were advised that Rotary was making an R10 000 donation to help maintain the reserves. The money will primarily be used to improve the flow near the lighthouse parking, making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists and doing some work on the trails. Thank you to Rotary for including FOSTER in their list of organisations that have benefitted from their fund-raising efforts, including the highly successful Wine on Water.

Pictured in the photo are FOSTER Volunteers Matt Genrich and Trevor Gascoyne, together with Rotary members Ivan Beaumont, Lindsay Pearson and Errol Burman, discussing the donation at the Seal Point Nature Reserve.

More good news is that new signage will shortly be erected at all the main entrances to the reserves. These signs will include maps of all the trails and make it easier for people unfamiliar with all the paths to enjoy the reserves.

Lastly, we are looking forward to the FOSTER Jol planned for Saturday 28 MAY. Online tickets are available (R200 for Adults and R100 for children) on Quicket. Physical tickets can be bought at the Cape St Francis Resort from next week. A quality T-Shirt is also available for R250. Your ticket includes a potjiekos meal, and three local bands will entertain you.