Category Archives: Conservation

The Uses of Indigenous Plants

Portrait-of-Ben-Erik-van-WykBen-Erik van Wyk presents a talk on The Uses of Indigenous Plants.

A review will be presented of the varied and interesting uses of indigenous plants in South Africa, including food and beverages, medicines and cosmetics, arts and crafts, and products used in everyday rural life. Indigenous knowledge about the uses of plants is incompletely recorded and rapidly fading in many parts of South Africa, as people become urbanised and less dependent on nature for their daily needs.

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The Izinyoni Retail Nursery

The Izinyoni Retail Nursery is based at the entrance to the Crocworld Conservation Centre and caters to wholesale and single item buyers alike.

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Gardening tip from Izinyoni Nursery

10614282_778610575513756_4079885439801619197_nAugust is the time for ‘spring-cleaning’ your garden in order to make space for the impending spring and summer bloom. You’ll want to get to grips with any weeds as soon as the first rains come, when the ground will be moist enough to remove them easily.

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Did you know?

aloeAloe marlothii is a striking, robust, large, single-stemmed aloe with a majestic presence. Common names include bergalwyn or mountain aloe. Leaf and root decoctions are used by the Zulus for roundworm infestations and by other cultures for stomach problems and horse sickness. The flowers are rich in nectar and provide an important source of energy for sunbirds

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Choose the best indigenous trees & shrubs for your garden.

elsaElsa Pooley presents a talk on how to choose the best indigenous trees and large shrubs for your garden

When: 10 May 2014 (09:00 for 9:30am to 11:00)
Where: Crocworld Conservation Centre

9.00- 9.30am Registration and Welcome by Crocworld Conservation Centre as well as tea and coffee.

9.30- 10.30am Illustrated Talk

11.30- 11.00am Questions and discussion session

11.00- 11.30am Tea, coffee and scones

11.30- 12.00pm Walk and talk in Izinyoni Nursery at Crocworld Conservation Centre

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Plectranthus ecklonii (Large Spur-Flower Bush)

1979626_697909196917228_1193814003_nA glorious plant that is currently flowering and available at Izinyoni Indigenous Nursery is Plectranthus ecklonii (Large Spur-Flower Bush)

This is an erect soft shrub which grows to 2m on average. It is a wonderful plant for both shaded and sunny areas within your garden and there are pink, purple and white flower varieties available.

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Wildlife Photography Talk

1797387_695069477201200_1613842459_nWhen: 12 April 2014 (08:30 for 9:00 am to 10:00)
Where: Crocworld Conservation Centre

8.00 – 9.00am Registration and Welcome by Crocworld Conservation Centre.
9.00 – 10.00am Talk on Wildlife Photography
10.00 – 10.20am Tea & coffee (tea, coffee, muffins)
10.20 – 13.00pm Walk through Crocworld Conservation Centre and photograph taking session.

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Steve Woodhall – Butterflies of the East Coast

Steve-Woodhall_v1Born in UK near Manchester, moved to SA in 1980 after a childhood dreaming of going to Africa to hunt butterflies. Industrial chemist by profession, working in the composites industry. Avid photographer of butterflies (and moths) and their early stages. Author and co-author of several books and posters on South African butterflies, including Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, What’s that Butterfly? and the recent Pocket Guide to Butterflies in South Africa (all Random House Struik). Currently working on an ‘app’ based on the Field Guide, and a book on Gardening for Butterflies and Moths.

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Crocworld Conservation Centre Rewards Local Learners

DSCN2458A class of Grade 7 pupils from Scottburgh’s Mahlashana Primary School was treated to a much-deserved visit to Crocworld Conservation Centre on the last day of school after winning an Arbor Day inspired tree growing competition.

The pupils, who were given a tree growing kit by Crocworld in September to mark Arbor Day, grew their Giant-Leaved Fig seed into a sturdy sapling superior to their school-mate competitors during the three month competition and were justly rewarded with the excursion.

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Holiday Conservation

holiday_conservationHolidays are often times of excess & waste. Here are some easy tips to reduce your carbon footprint this December. Happy holidays everyone!
• Purchase LED Christmas lights or better yet – don’t use Christmas lights!
• Recycle all wrapping paper & cards after Christmas day
• Use Christmas dinner/lunch leftovers to make food packs you can drop at homeless shelters
• If you’re holidaying at the beach make sure to clean up after yourself & use the bins provided
• Doing some holiday fishing? Make sure to only keep fish that are on the SASSI sustainable fish list
• Braai as much as possible – not only is it more fun & tasty, braaing doesn’t use any electricity
• Make sure that all of your lights & appliances are turned off before you leave for holiday & that all taps are turned off tightly.
• Visit Crocworld Conservation Centre to connect with nature & learn more about our animals & indigenous flora.

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