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Launch of the Garden Route Botanical Garden Environmental Education Centre

Apr 26, 2017
Launch of the Garden Route Botanical Garden Environmental Education Centre

The Garden Route Botanical Garden Environmental Education Centre building was officially launched by die Executive Mayor of George, Aldm Melvin Naik, in the presence of Honourable Minister of Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schafer and other delegates.

The Environmental Education Centre which is situated in the heart of the Garden Route Botanical Garden was completed last year. The building was funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs and built by GD Projects. As the name indicates the prime use is aimed at education, a place for all to come and learn about our local biodiversity through talks, workshops and hands on participation. A committee has been formed to determine what should be done and assess the needs of the community.

Aldm  Naik said in his statement at the launch of the centre the goals and objectives of this centre and indeed the basis there-of emphasise and are parallel to our City’s objective as the city for a sustainable future.

He said  “if we want our children to flourish to become truly empowered, we have to teach, guide and allow them to love the earth and all its natural resources, before we ask them to save it.

“I know that this centre will be a huge asset not only to the Botanical gardens, but also to the City of George and all its citizens. I want to reiterate the plea from the Garden Route Botanical Garden Trust that the people of George should take ownership not only for the multi-faceted environment that we live in but for the Botanical garden and the Environmental Educational and Science Centre. The best way to predict the future is to design it and this centre will prove its worth and value over the years to come,” the Mayor said.

Colin Ralston said, the building as it stands is already great and flexible, in terms of usage, set in a developing indigenous garden, with a prime view of the Outeniqua Mountains.

Caption: Dr Willie Cilliers, Chairperson of the George Business Chamber and Cllr Mxolisi Nyakati, Chief Whip of the George Council with the plant of more trees.