As Flanders and Swan sang:

Mud, mud, glorious mud!

There’s nothing quite like it for cooling the blood!

So follow me follow!

Down to the hollow!

And there let us wallow in glorious mud!”


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Well, we did just that last Friday.   The weather was perfect.   The turn out of GEESE was marvellous - I think there were about 20 of us.   We divided ourselves into three types of work parties:


I.                    The first was the usual litter clean up - a whole trailer taken to Blue Waters Council Depot.



II.               The second pruned around John Wiley’s memorial stone and cut back the dune path.

III.               The third tackled the ‘dead’ reeds between the weir and the new suspended bridge removing any possible fire hazard ... that’s where the mud bit comes in.


An excellent job was done by all three teams and a big ‘Thank-U’ to everyone who turned up and helped.   The jobs were so varied that there was something that everyone was capable of doing whatever age or fitness.   We feel very strongly that no one should be pushed/shamed/ or embarrassed into doing more than they want/or feel able to do.   And there was a great feeling of satisfaction at the end of the session.  

There is still more to be done before the great day - Cilla, and Vanacio had another good go in the river yesterday and Philippe and Elvis (no, not Presley) are at it there today.   Go and have a look as it is beginning to look really good.

The warm weather is encouraging vigorous growth and we are going to have to cut the paths back harder.   Possibly it would be best to cut the hard spiky bits back a good extra ten centimetres and then regularly trim the edges rather as one would approach a hedge.   Perhaps we should aim at keeping the paths at a minimum width of a spade.   This would be good for security as much as anything.

Another “Thank-U” goes to Bob Hulsman, our new committee member, who volunteered at the AGM to repair the St Andrew’s bridge and has done it quite beautifully - thank you, Bob, very much indeed – most efficient!

Hoping the weather will remain perfect for Friday though the weather forecast isn’t encouraging but looking forward to seeing everyone - Cilla

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Welcome to G.E.E.S.E.

Thank you for visiting the GEESE website.

GEESE is the acronym for Glencairn Education & Environmental Support Enthusiasts, we are a group of people who are passionate about our vlei (valley) through which runs the River Els (Else) on its way into False Bay off the Cape Peninsula.
At times it seeps through a wetland (which was caused by man), only to form a river as it flows out into the sea, with water in it all the year round. The wetland was caused by the rail and road bridges over the Els River being built in the early 1900s on the Simon’s Town side of Glencairn Beach/Els Bay. This prevented the sea from flowing naturally and tidally up the river.

The wetland was declared a Nature Conservation Area by John Wiley, then MP for Simon’s Town, as is recorded on a rock where the Glen Road crosses the Els. There are a number of paths round the wetland, some being used by workers going to and from work, and all of them by walkers, many with their dogs.

We have two pans with different characteristics: the top one is the home of Moorhens who have raised two clutches this season, three lots of chicks in each, and the bottom, nearer the sea, is home for the Coots. There should be many more birds but there are two busy roads on either side which are inhibiting factors.