A very exciting day yesterday as Nasiphi and Sue arrived from SAEON (South African Environmental Observation Network) to introduce and install Calendar Gardens at Kings School and Shea O’Connor Combined School in Nottingham Road. These schools are two of only three schools in KZN chosen to test pilot these gardens in 2014.
The Calendar Garden consists of five indigenous plants set in a particular configuration which will be monitored and analysed by the schools to assess long term climatic changes. This is a major commitment by the schools and data will be fed back to SAEON for a nation wide project to look at the impact of climate change.
As the MMAEP is funded by the Foundation for Human Rights this year specifically to spread awareness of Climate change, projects like these are fundamental from both a scientific and educational perspective.