A “green finger workshop” was held on Friday and Saturday the 21st and 22nd of October at the Village Green. A total of 35 children and 9 adults attended.
The slogan was “Working together with the new generation for a healthier, greener future”. The event was organized by Suzie Greyvenstein, Carol Swart, Rebecca Pott, Vashti Greyvenstein and Hans Jorna. The workshop kicked off with Carol telling the children about the history of Blair Atholl, how it came about why there were so many trees here, why we need trees and also that we have an oak tree at Blair Atholl that was planted many years ago by King George the 6th of England.
The children went into the nearby forest to find their own indigenous tree to plant and also visited the special oak tree. Thereafter they were carted with our tractor to the newly built nursery, near the contractor’s gate, so that they could plant their tree, as well as seedlings that have been germinating for a period of time.
The children were taught how to plant a tree. They tagged their tree and the seedling showing the tree’s name and their own name so that when parents visit the nursery they’ll see their child’s tree.
Suzie started a worm farm and Debbie van der Plank donated a second worm farm, from which the natural fertilizer will be used to feed the plants in our nursery. Our vegetable garden is ready to be planted. Mrs. Hlengiwe Twala, the new Mrs South Africa, sent a message of congratulations and said that the sustainability of food security is close to her heart and starting a vegetable garden is a wonderful idea.
Rebecca gave a talk on bugs, bees and insects. She brought with her a wonderful collection of bugs. After the talk, the children were asked to find 5 bugs each. They dashed off and returned with the bugs. While collecting the bugs, white butterflies were all over and it was as if nature was welcoming everyone present, a very special moment.
On the Saturday afternoon Mr Patrick Watson, the very well-known gardener, visited the Village Green and was very pleased with what he saw what we are teaching our children. The children were treated with eats and pizza, had much fun, sang, danced and played. They also learnt something about nature, while having great fun! The Green Finger group will be organising more of these types of workshops, each one with a special surprise.