South Africa, Western Cape, George, R6 000 000
by Gabrielle Andrew
(George, Western Cape, South Africa)
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Leilas, 6,7 ha, has not been tilled for 58 years. In the last 18 years I have planted an indigenous forest and wild garden, approx 4 ha: zone 5. There is a large straw bale house, a wooden A frame shed and a 200yr old sod house. Rain tanks on two of the homesteads. The views of he Outeniqua mountains are unprecidented. The location is also convenient: 10km from the beach, 7 from centre of George, 2km from the Fancourt Hotel and 5km from George airport.
The municpal boundary of George and the small holding is the same line which is a small river: Modder Rivier. A sloot, maintained by an agricultural commitee can feed a small dam which is currently overgrown and not utilized. There is a leibeurt system in place.
The bird life is remarkable : hammerkops, kingfishers, woodpeckers, owls, herons, eagles, sugar birds, cape robins, cuckoos, fly catchers and many many more. The illusive buff coloured puff tail can be heard mornings and evenings.
Small animals abound; frogs, porcupines, even larger animals such as bush buck have also moved onto the property despite it being so close to town. There is also a bird sanctuary on the property.
Leilas is a life work setting up an environment ideal for further permaculture projects