South Africa has some of the greatest plant diversity in the world, clustered into 8 different types of communities or biomes. Plants are essential for life on earth. Rhodes University's Grounds and Gardens section plants attractive and hardy indigenous species that are better adapted to local climatic conditions, thus reducing irrigation costs significantly. This is linked to the University's aim to become more water wise. Staff and students are encouraged to learn about local plants, and also to join greening and food-growing initiatives.
Join the Botanical Society of SA.
Remove IAPs with the Kowie Catchment Campaign.
Join a gardening group.
Remove invasive weeds.
Support Working for Water.
Support a student environmental group at Rhodes University.
Remove invasive alien plants to free up ground water and sustain biodiversity.
Support local farmers: buy fresh produce at the market in front of the Old Gaol, Somerset Street, Grahamstown.
Or use these handy guidelines from the FAO for setting up and running a school garden.
Go organic, step by step, with Planting Season.
Include some indigenous vegetables - they are hardy and add interest to your diet.
Visit the food page.
Go to the Rhodes University ENVIRONMENT front page. Suggestions/Questions? Contact environment(at)ru.ac.za
Last Modified: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:13:49 SAST