New trees for Hawequas Adventure Center
Hawequas Adventure Centre is owned by the Western Cape Scout Region. The facility included a large pine and gum tree forest area that was used for camping by Scouts.
The trees at Hawequas are not indigenous and are a safety hazard with occasional falling branches. Western Cape has cleared some of the areas and funded an earth mover to create 27 campsites within the old forested area.
Paddy Milner, Western Cape Regional Commissioner and Kuba Miszewski, Site Warden at Hawequas Adventure Centre led the project with the help of 222 Scouts and volunteers.
An ‘Adopt-a-Site’ model approach was used, where individual Scout groups adopted a site, replace the old water pine and gum trees with indigenous trees, and are responsible for additional improvements. They created 27 haded campsites in the old forest area with dual fire protection and a site watering system. Therefore over 200 trees and fertiliser tablets were donated
This project has helped with building awareness, team building and active participation at Group and Regional level and to enhance the parent involvement.
Youth members were involved in learning how to plant, the replacing of the exotics with indigenous trees, conserving wilderness areas and being addressed on the need to protect the environment.
They partnered with the Drakenstein Municipality and the rest of the trees were donated by CFW Engineering Company.