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TMNP's new Restoration Trail is all about bringing back biodiversity
Date: 27th September 2013
SANParks Honorary Rangers, in an exciting partnership with Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, is working with experts from Table Mountain National Park, SANParks’ Cape Research Centre, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)and Kirstenbosch Gardens to create a very special threatened species trail in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).
The Restoration Trail is a focal point of more than ten kilometres walking and cycling trails in Tokai Park which is located in TMNP.
Over twenty different threatened species are showcased on the Restoration Trail, each with an interpretive sign identifying the plant and its IUCN Red List status. These species, including the smallest protea, the delicate little Cape Flats Silkypuff Diastellaproteoides, and the Rondevlei Spiderhead Serruriafoeniculacea, are two of the highly threatened Cape Flats Sand Fynbos species to have been restored in Tokai Park. These species either emerged from the seed banks as part of TMNP’s restoration programme, or were historically found in this area and returned to one of the last places on earth where they can still grow in the wild. Two species which are already extinct in the wild are also on display on the trail, one of which is stunningly beautiful purple Erica verticillata (Whorl Heath).
The Restoration Trail is on the Orpen Road side of Tokai Park and easily accessible to everyone. The path and boardwalk across the little wetland are wide enough for families and small groups like school eco clubs. Interpretive signs clearly explain the plight of the plants and the significance of Tokai Park to the restoration of our Critically Endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos. Signs also explain how everyone can help to conserve and grow these species.
Public participation, enthusiasm and support are vital to TMNP’s restoration programme, so come along with your friends and family and walk the Restoration Trail at its launch on Saturday 28 September, and discover ways of supporting exciting conservation projects like this in your local National Park.
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