Swelihle pupils champion water wise garden

Pupils of Swelihle High School are proud of the water wise garden they have created.

Pupils at Swelihle High School in Umlazi are putting their best foot forward as future environmental champs and planting a sustainable, water wise garden at their school.

The benefits provided by indigenous plants are remarkable as they are sustainable, use minimal water, are fauna friendly and thrive without the use of artificial fertilizers.

Furthermore, using indigenous plant species to maintain or rehabilitate previously degraded areas is an effective way of protecting local biodiversity and creates a habitat for local wildlife.

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WESSA Schools Programme project manager, Nomfundo Ndlovu, said that the impact of human beings on the planet is increasing at an alarming rate and with water shortages and drought becoming a growing concern around the country, we all need to become savvier with water resources.

“Through the water wise garden project, pupils at Swelihle High School are developing an understanding that planting gardens are not just about greening and adding value to the school grounds, by selecting the right plants they are having a positive impact on the environment around them. Pupils are becoming more eco-conscious and active change agents too,” she said.

Swelihle High School is one of the Nampak funded WESSA Eco-Schools that are creating an eco-friendly school and a healthier living space in their local community.

Candice George

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