New Biodiversity Showcase Garden in Green Point Park
With the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ just around the corner, the City has been hard at work implementing a variety of greening initiatives that aim to make the event one of the greenest in the world. The latest project in the ‘Green Goal Programme’ is the construction of the Biodiversity Showcase Garden within the newly developed Green Point Park.
Green Point Park will serve as a multi-purpose public park and a ‘green’ space not only for the World Cup, but for years to come. It is a public space within the larger metropolitan area for both residents and visitors to appreciate the natural environment of Cape Town.
The Biodiversity Showcase Garden in the Park is at once educational and entertaining. The Garden will showcase a variety of indigenous plants that display the region’s unique biodiversity, as well as demonstrate environmentally responsible gardening and horticultural techniques.
A specialist consultant, trained in botany and horticulture and experienced in the development of interpretive signage, will be contracted to work with the Green Point Park’s landscape architects to develop the garden.
The Showcase is also a part of the City of Cape Town’s commitment to the international ‘Local Action for Biodiversity’ initiative. The initiative works with a select group of local and regional authorities from around the world, leading the way for managing and conserving biodiversity at a local government level.
Next year is the United Nation’s International Year of Biodiversity, and the showcase garden will go a long way to raising public awareness and enthusiasm about crucial biodiversity conservation in Cape Town.