OF THE KEURBOOM PARK ASSOCIATION
In mid 2003, Peter King read a
book called "Bringing Nature Back to Your Garden"
wherein the authors noted that "it will be difficult
to find too many of these trees there amongst the host of
exotics". In fact, at that time there were no Keurbooms
in Keurboom Park. About the same time, a former Mayor of Cape
Town invited residents to write in with ideas for improvements
within the City. Peter wrote in pointing out the absence of
Keurboom Trees in Keurboom Park.
In September 2003, the local office
of City Parks contacted Peter to indicate that they would
plant 12 Keurboom Trees on Arbour Day. These together with
one donated by Peter were ceremonially planted by school children
and Councillor Ian Iversen.
Peter had agreed to look after
the trees. Initially the water had to be carried in a bucket
from the toilet block. The planting of the first trees elicited
a lot of interest from users of the park. Peter contacted
the Newlands office of City Parks and persuaded them to supply
a number of trees for planting in Arbour week in 2004 again
with the promise that we would look after the trees. Peter
managed to persuade City Parks to extend the water supply
system in the area between the pink path and the river. In
Arbour Week 2004, some fifty trees were planted with a large
percentage of these being donated by users of the park and
the rest supplied by the City.
During Arbour Week 2005, 2006 and
2007 the City supplied trees, supports and tarred twine to
support the trees. Numerous donations of trees and money to
buy trees helped swell the number of trees planted to over
With a change in the Ward boundaries,
Alderman Owen Kinahan took over from Ian Iversen as our Ward
Councillor. It was suggested that a Friends Organisation be
formed to act as a contact between the users of the park and
the City Council.
While working with the trees Peter
met Justine Thornton and others and together they started
the preparations to hold the introductory meeting held on
27th November 2008. Here Alderman Owen Kinahan explained the
purpose of forming a Friends Organisation. An Interim Committee
consisting of Peter King (Chairman), Roy Andrew, Suzie Brownlie,
Liz McDaid, Rina Nel and Justine Thornton was formed. During
their term they drew up a Constitution, opened a bank account
and developed a plan of action for improving the park.
The Inaugural Meeting of the Keurboom
Park Association was held on 21st May 2009 where the Constitution
was adopted by the attendees of the meeting. The Interim Committee
was re-elected with Peter King as Chairman and Justine Thornton
as Treasurer. Committee meetings were held during the next
The current committee consists
of Justine Thornton, Roy Andrew, Angela Jacobs, Hannelore
van Ryneveld and Philip Flockton.