THE HIGHWAY BRANCH of WESSA
E-NEWS LETTER, JUNE 2014.
I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree,
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed against the Earth’s sweet flowing breast,
A tree that looks at God all day, and lifts her lovely arms to pray,
A tree that in summer wear, a nest of Robins in her hair,
Upon whose bosom snow has lain and who intimately lives with rain,
Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.
Here in the Highway area we are blessed with large number of trees. They give us shade from the sun, they are home to a variety if creatures above, below and within them, and yet we treat them as if they do not matter. Imagine Westville, Kloof, Hillcrest without a tree !! Palmiet, Jubilee Park, Glenholme, Ipitha, Springside. Our local Nature reserves as deserts without the life giving trees. Trees are, or are descended from, some of the oldest forms of life on Earth. Without them we would not exist!!. Yes, BE A TREE HUGGER !! They matter.
HIGHWAY BRANCH’S indoor meeting this month will be on Friday 13th
Westville Central Library. 7.30pm.
Our guest speaker will be Margaret Keogh.
Her subject “THE MYSTERY OF SOIL.”
What is it, How is it formed, why is it essential for life, how can we best use it,
Which forms are best for which plants.?
After Margaret’s talk we will have an extract from the film series “Planet Earth”
As always, everyone is invited, no charge, voluntary donations welcome. Light refreshments.
Sunday 15th June. A guided walk in the Glenholme Nature Reserve situate in the grounds of the Kloof and Highway SPCA. Top of Field’s Hill.
Departing from the SPCA Tea Rooms at 10.0am.
Duration about 1½ hours of easy walking. All welcome including dogs on a leash.
Two guides, one to tell you about the Flora and Fauna of the reserve, and one to relate the interesting history of the area and how the SPCA and the Reserve came to be there.
No charge, donations towards the maintenance of the reserve welcome.
Further afield. It is interesting to note that Britain is following South Africa’s lead in charging for plastic bags at Supermarkets in order to reduce unsightly and non biodegradable litter. Greytown in northern KZN has gone one better. There, NO plastic bags are given, free or otherwise, everyone takes their own re-useable bags. Could we not persuade the shops in the Highway area to set the ball rolling for the greater Durban area?
YOU can do your bit by refusing plastic bags and take your own.
Remember Highway Branch’s motto.
“EVERY DAY, IN SOME WAY, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Alan Job. Chairman, Highway Branch of WESSA.