Goose Bench No 3

After much walking and deliberation, the Bench Committee has decided on the precise location of Goose Bench 3.  This will be situated in a quiet secluded spot about 8 paces behind St Andrew's Church, Glen Road. This has a view across the vlei towards Glencairn Heights, a little corner of the sea being visible on the right.  In spite of being quiet and secluded the bench will still be visible from Glen Road about 20 metres behind when one is seated...

The GoogleEarth picture shows Bench positions 1, 2 and 3:

Sample Image

The No 3 Bench will be 'planted' on Saturday 13 June

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.