Tony Dold was asked by Clayton Weatherall-Thomas to lead a "walk and talk" outing at Redhouse for members of the Port Elizabeth branch of Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro conservation officers.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Biodiversity Stewardship Programme (NMB BSP) is an externally funded programme (funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund CEPF), and is a partnership between WESSA, NMBM and CREW. The programme aims to set up the stewardship programme in NMBM, as well as capacitating civil society. One of the outcomes of the programme is equipping the CREW volunteers and NMBM conservation officers with plant identification skills.
In line with Inkcubeko Nendalo's focus on Biocultural Diversity Dold showed participants useful plants in the Thicket at Redhouse. Examples included the Imula plant, (Trichodiadema sp.) used to make Xhosa mead (iqhilika) and Mlanjeni's war charm (ikhubalo kamlanjeni, Pelargonium pulverulentum).
The group came across several Aloe sap harvestors who kindly showed us the process of cutting the leaves and collecting sap for sale. The activity generated much discussion, particulalry among the conservation officers!
Members of the Port Elizabeth branch of the Custodians of Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro conservation officers at Redhouse.