Coast KZN

17 Oct 2020

Amanzimtoti conservancy’s indigenous forest keeps growing

Earl Baillache (South Coast Sun) Picture: Grandfather Julian Lyle in the golf buggy, Natasha and John with their children Mackenzie and Bailey after their tree-planting ceremony at ACC’s conservancy on Saturday, 10 October

Amanzimtoti Country Club (ACC) and Conservancy’s indigenous forest received a donation from the Lyle family on Saturday, 10 October. Since the formation of the conservancy in 2002, more than 2,000 indigenous trees have been planted in the forest.

“As a conservancy member and once-a-week golfer at ACC, it pleases me very much to help grow another indigenous tree forest for an Athlone Park family, which will try to balance the alarming and uncaring rate of fifty plus year old indigenous trees being cut down ruthlessly in our suburb,” said co-ordinator of the conservancy, Ted Holden.

“John Lyle and his family contributed to our first golf hole surrounds, which is named Mahogany Drive. This is a start of 20 trees for their family. Ten which fronts the forest will be mahogany and 10 yellowwood background trees will follow soon.”

Delayed by lockdown, this will be one of the new forests planned to be planted this year. Also being delayed are a few walking trails through the forested areas on the golf course. “Hopefully this will attract many keen Sunday morning walkers and environmentally friendly public members and give them the chance to explore this wonderful community asset, which originated from golfers and was and still is sustained valiantly by golfers over the past more than 100 years.”