FundaFynbos – Let’s create a Veld Circle in Papenboom Meadow!

Are you ready Cape Town? FundaFynbos is bringing a third Veld Circle to a park near you! Veld Circles are veld (vegetation) type demonstration gardens, playgrounds and outdoor classrooms rolled into one. Here visitors learn about growing locally indigenous plants and supporting wildlife in suburban parks and gardens.

This year, to mark the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, come and 'break ground' on the Papenboom Forest Circle! Located in the Papenboom Meadow at the foot of Table Mountain, the circular garden will showcase locally indigenous, shade-loving forest understorey species and local tree species found in the nearby Newlands Forest. The reintroduction of these plants and trees to this urban park will help restore local flora and fauna; improve connectivity for wildlife to move between the park, Table Mountain and local gardens, and offer an inviting space to learn how to care for Cape Town’s unique biodiversity. The circular garden design has been chosen as a symbol of wholeness to represent the restoration of a healthy ecosystem into a ‘veld type universe’.

Our event, which forms part of the Society for Ecological Restoration’s global MAKE A DIFFERENCE WEEK, will involve clearing invasive alien grasses at the site of the Papenboom Forest Circle in preparation for planting this winter. Dr Caitlin von Witt from FynbosLIFE will give a brief overview on the FundaFynbos project before we start. All welcome!

When: Saturday 12 June, 9-12am
Where: Papenboom Meadow. Turn into Newlands Avenue from the M3. Papenboom Meadow is located just after Greenford Rd. Find us at the lower section of the Meadow adjacent Newlands Avenue. Offroad parking available below Forrester’s Arms and across the road from the BP garage.
Bring: Sunhat, wellies, spade or weeding tool. Optional: Bucket, secateurs, snack, water.
Facemasks must be worn at all times and social distancing will be in place. Attendance is at own risk.

Let's return to our roots and celebrate a new way of life that restores balance between humans and wildlife, and the power every one of us has to make a difference by replanting local flora in our gardens and parks.

Hope to see you there!

Primary Activity: Invasive species treatment
Accessibility: Easy walk
Family Friendly

Organizer Details
City of Cape Town Recreation and Parks
Mapula Trust
Friends of Liesbeek
Newlands Residents' Association

Organizer: FynbosLIFE (Website)
Partners: City of Cape Town Recreation and Parks Mapula Trust Friends of Liesbeek Newlands Residents' Association

COVID Protocols

Everyone’s welcome if they’re feeling well and haven’t had recent contact with anyone infected with Covid 19. Social distancing will be in place and face masks are compulsory. Sanitiser available and obligatory on arrival.

Registration & Contact Info


Name: Caitlin von Witt
City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa

Date & Time

June 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am
Local timezone


Location: Papenboom Meadow, Newlands Avenue, Newlands, 7700
City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa
Region: Africa