How you can support Melville Koppies’ conservation efforts

How you can support Melville Koppies’ conservation efforts

Bring your school for an interactive learning experience

Everyone is battling with rising costs and the same is true of Melville Koppies Nature Reserve and Heritage Site and the adjacent Melville Koppies East (60 hectares altogether). The City owns the space, cuts firebreaks and paths and provides 24-hour security at the Lecture Hut. However, it provides no funding for conservation management. 
Since 1993, an NPO, the Friends of Melville Koppies (FOMK), is in a joint venture with City Parks to manage this land. A team of three full-time conservation workers and one part-timer work under the supervision of Wendy Carstens, chairperson of the FOMK. They burn firebreaks, manage the endangered grassland so that it doesn’t become forest, maintain paths to stop them eroding, and rid the space of invasive plants that threaten to smother the indigenous flora.
“Our monthly fixed expenses for labour, extra security, maintenance materials, are now R25 000pm,” says Carstens. 
You can help FOMK reach its target every month:
  • Visit on a Sunday morning between 8h00 and 11h30: hike 5km or take the self-guided 3km heritage trail, or follow any of the paths around the Koppies
  • Book a guided tour leaving at 8h00 sharp
  • Buy a season ticket for a year for R500
  • Join a 8km heritage hike on 24 Sept across the Koppies (you must be fit) 
  • Sign up Melville Koppies as one of your My School beneficiaries
  • Take your junk to Junkies Charity Shop in Linden and specify MK as the beneficiary
  • Bring your school for an interactive learning experience
  • For other ideas on how you can help see: http://www.mk.org.za/mkinvolve.htm

Join the heritage hike on September 24

Open every Sunday morning 8-11.30 am. Safe parking (opposite the Melville Koppies entrance) at Marks Park Sports Club in Judith Road, Emmarentia. Security on the Koppies is provided. R90pp, R50 for U18. Guided tour – R100. More details: wendavid@mweb.co.zawww.mk.org.za  https://www.facebook.com/melvillekoppies (@MelvilleKoppies)