Police station garden gets a revamp

From left, are Clé du Cap gardener Avumile Songcatha, Kirstenhof SAPS housekeeper Patricia Abrams, gardener Samuel Chiumia and the KERA’s co-chair Louise Kinrade

The gardens and flowerbeds of Kirstenhof police station are undergoing a transformation thanks the efforts of community volunteers.

The gardening make-over is the result of a joint venture by the Kirstenhof Community Police Forum (CPF), the Kirstenhof and Environs Residents’ Association (KERA) and Clé du Cap Retirement Village.

Kirstenhof CPF member Errol Wood, who has organised repairs and maintenance work at the station in past months, approached Faircape Property Management, owners of Clé du Cap retirement village, and the KERA for help to restore and maintain the flowerbeds around the station in Pollsmoor Road.

The KERA then secured an offer from a Kirstenhof garden service to clean-up the flowerbeds on Wednesday last week.

On Saturday, volunteers worked together to compost the flower beds and plant seedlings donated by residents in and around Kirstenhof.

“We are very grateful to the community of Kirstenhof for all the support and generosity in giving the station a make-over,” said Kirstenhof police station spokeswoman Sergeant Deidre Solomon. “We are proud of the way the station looks, the gardens are beautiful and we look forward to watching the garden develop further.

Louise Kinrade, the KERA’s co-chair, said: “This project would not be possible without the partnership of Kirstenhof CPF, KERA and Faircape Clé du Cap, the donation of services and goods from local businesses – Southern Gardens, Utopia Gardens, Super Plants Tokai, Bright Lights Montessori, Tyrese Projects, and the community members of Kirstenhof and surrounding areas.”

If you are interested in helping to maintain the gardens or have plants or gardening supplies to donate, contact the KERA at kirstenhofera@gmail.com.

Volunteers have been working together to spruce up the flower beds around the Kirstenhof police station.