The trees in our suburbs serve many purposes. They beautify our communities and release oxygen while offsetting carbon dioxide. They also moderate the climate by regulating the effects of the sun, wind and rain. What’s more is that trees and the soil they root in help to absorb run-off water associated with stormy weather.
The birds fly the treacherous journey from central and eastern Europe cross the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Desert to settle in Southern Africa. Bee-eaters from France, Spain and Italy fly across the Sahara to West Africa. Their ideal African grounds are sandy riversides or cliff sides – hence their attraction to Northcliff Ridge.
Ndamase shot to world prominence in the 90s when then President Nelson Mandela took a liking to his colourfully designed shirts. In 2013, his famous ‘Madiba shirt’ was again in high demand when the former president was admitted to hospital. But to the enthusiastic pupils at Abbotts College Northcliff, Ndamase was there to reassure them of their place in the world.
The trees were planted in diagonal rows to mimic the design of the British flag. Today, the layout can be seen from Google Maps Satellite view, though some of the trees are no longer in place.
“As it is important to plant trees, it is important for us to conserve buildings such as those in this Delta Park precinct so that their interesting features remain,” says Di Betton, Executive Officer of the Delta Park Environmental Centre.