The invasive Robinia tree has recently taken over big areas in our Clarens Nature reserve, particularly in the Titanic area, and in the valley below the Scilla and Maluti View trails. Following the example set by The Clarens Golf Estate, the CVC decided to use extra casual labour for a period of 2 weeks, working with our own Rangers to cut the all the trees and treat the remaining roots with herbicide. Below is a picture showing an expanding Robinia forest below the Titanic.

The Robinias form an extremely thick bush, obviously unaffected by the current drought, and have long, nasty thorns that makes cutting and handling a difficult task. Even the firewood collectors shy away from the cut wood.

Very good progress has been made by the Clarens Village Conservancy Robinia clearing team. The team includes Piet (3rd from left) and his casual workers together with 2 of our rangers.

The team worked hard to make sure that the walk way in the Scilla valley is cleared of the Robinia roots.

A cleared area in scilla walk valley

The CVC will now make it a priority to find and cut more “lonely trees”, and regularly patrol cut areas and stop any further growth. The application of herbicide is unfortunately not 100% effective and follow-up is important. The 2 weeks clearing project has cost the CVC R13 000.

It remains the goal of the CVC to keep our beautiful natural surrounds in good state, and we appeal to our residents to support them. Donations are not only welcome, but essential for the survival of the CVC.

Account name:                     Clarens Village Conservancy.

Bank and branch code:      Standard Bank Bethlehem 055033

Account nr:                           3305444489

Reference:                            Surname

PoP to:                                   marlinda.kearns@gmail.com