Be Prepared for Life
Activity Kit Two:
It has been estimated that any growing tree could do all of these things ...
Plants make our street world cool, shady, green and private. A friendly place for people, birds and animals alike. Grasses keep the soil on the ground and out of our homes. They cool the surface of the earth so it does not burn our feet. Flowers brings bees and birds to the garden providing us with honey, fruit and song. This doesn't just happen, it has to be worked for. If you want to live on GREEN STREET you must have a gardeners love of plants.
Project 6: Plants for All
Many South Africans would love to plants trees and bushes but don't know how to get started. Start your own backyard nursery and grow healthy plants for the greening of your streets.
Make a survey of the trees that grow well in your area or a similar area. Note the street addresses where mature trees grow.
Visit these sites in autumn and spring and ask permission to collect seed from these trees.
Collect as many 2 litre plastic cool drink bottles as you can.
Remove the base of the bottle by pouring boiling water into the bottle to dissolve the glue. Cut the neck off the bottle.
Place a few small stones into the base and top it up with a mixture of
compost sand and manure.
Leave the seedling in the bottle for another 3 weeks and then plant
it into a plastic bag.
For more information
on tree planting write for:
PLANT TREES IN EVERY POSSIBLE AVAILABLE SPACEProviding the trees is only the start...people need to be taught to care for them or they will die.
Donate a tree to every family that has a child in your area.
Where the home is too small for a tree, provide a succulent pot with instructions about not over watering. Rock gardens can be planted in places where nothing else will grow if sunlight can reach the plants.
EVEN WINDOW SILLS CAN BE GREEN ON GREEN STREET.
Project 7: Care Journal
A care journal
aims at promoting personal awareness.
Project 8: Turning Spaces into Places
Survey your area making a sketch map of all open spaces. The fields, vacant lots, road verges, ditches, embankments, stream courses and parks.
Do any of these sites have the potential to become a place that people could use better use of.
What needs to be done to improve it?
MAKING PEOPLE PLACESAdopt a site.
Find out who controls it and ask their permission to clean it up and mow or clear it for off road games.
Alternatively, plan a street walk through your area.
Identify interesting plants along the route.
Ask the property owners permission to look at their plants and hear what they have to say about them.
Plan a garden trail through your area, which can be visited with permission during the flowering season.
Advertise scout-conducted walking tours through these beauty spots.
This will raise the awareness of local people to the beauty of gardens. It will give your group good experience in conducting educational tours. You may even attract more tourists to your area if advertised through your local Information Bureau.
DO YOU KNOW -
are not just for nature, they are all about people as well. Like nature,
people are often neglected, especially the very young and the old.
Project 9: Care Watch
A neighbour in need is a neighbour indeed!
Survey a street or block.
See what you can do to help these people yourselves.
Part Three: Living on Busy Street
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Dr Frank Opie for the South African Scout Association