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July 2016

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VIEW FROM THE TOP Portfolio piece at one of SA’s most coveted addresses

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LATEST EQUIPMENT

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FOCUS ON BRICK, STONE, CLAY, CONCRETE

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E a s i g r a s s TM S o u t h A f r i c a

Julian Raxworthy Green House Technologies

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DAVID DAVIDSON AND RAYMOND HUDSON

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INDIGENOUS GARDEN GEMS FOR OCTOBER

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SHOW GARDEN WINNERS

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New section on the Latest in industry equipment

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OUT AND ABOUT AT ILASA’S 2016 CONFERENCE

UP THE WALL

Latest in Green Wall Products

Everything’s Coming up Roses V e r g e l e g e n E s tat e s r o s e g a r d e n r e i m a g i n e d by O v P a s s o c i at e s

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LEON KLUGE

GREENER INTENTIONS Climate Change, Amelioration, Education and Recreation Brought to the Fore in Earthworks Design

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MOTHER NATURE MEETS MODERN DESIGN

‘EASYIVY’ THE ALTERNATIVE TO LIVING GREEN WALLS

LATEST PRODUCTS

RETURN TO NATURE THIS SUMMER

FOCUS ON SOIL COMPOSITE DECKING

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THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE

MEET A LEGEND OF LANDSCAPING

Encouraging Healthy Industry Debate

ERIC CHERRY

Is Solar Lighting the Future?

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AGENDA What is the One Thing the Industry Needs to do Better in 2017?

FEBRUARY FAVOURITES Stone, Concrete and Marble

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6 News Shed Industry news from around South Africa 9 Agenda What Should the government’s policy be in terms of green space in cities? 12 Company Profile Pro Landscaper Profiles Falcon Equipment. “Falcon” is in many ways a generic term for grass-cutting implements around South Africa, and a trusted brand synonymous with the landscaping turf maintenance industry for many years. FEATURE 14

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ALONG WITH SPRI NG, ARBOR WEEK HAS ARRIVED! This year Arbor Week took place from the 1st of September to the 7th of September, the theme for this year being “Forests and Water.” Arbor Week is a Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries event aiming to raise awareness about trees and sustainability. Trees are a vital source of food, medicine, fuel and building material. Arbor Week in 2017 focuses on forests and water as forests play an important role in the water cycle. Forests increase rainfall through a process of evapotranspiration from plant leaves. The roots of trees stabilise the soil preventing mud slides, flooding and erosion in times of heavy rains. Exotic trees in South Africa take in too much water, which is why South Africans need to be planting drought-resistant trees and growing water-wise gardens. Tree of the year 2017 – Buffalo thorn ~ Ziziphus mucronata The buffalo thorn locally known as the wag-‘nbietjie tree, is regarded as the tree of life in African culture because life is not straight forward but zigzags like the branches of the buffalo thorn. The buffalo thorn occurs country-wise and makes for a good beekeeper tree and fodder

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tree. It gets to 20 metres and makes for a great large garden specimen. It was once customary that when a Zulu chief died, the tree was planted on his grave as a reminder or symbol of where the chief lies, hence the Zulu name umLahlankosi- “that which buries the chief.” Rare tree of the year 2017 – Ebony tree Euclea pseudebenus The Cape ebony is an oasis in the desert, this xeriscape specimen provides an important ecological role in the drier regions of South Africa. It also makes for a very attractive garden tree, as it flourishes with extra water. It prefers hot dry summers in semi-arid regions on the west coast, because of its small range and low-key status the Euclea pseudebenus is endangered. A Landscaper’s tip for planting trees on Arbor Week… Choose your tree wisely, remember you need to think about what a tree will become not what it looks like now and how the tree will work in your garden. Written by: Life Landscapes

Ebony tree (Euclea pseudebenus)

2017 SOUTH AFRICAN GARDEN DAY ON SUNDAY 1 5TH OCTOBER From flower gardeners, to Water Wise patio planters, greenhouse goddesses and vegetable vikings, South African gardeners are invited to celebrate their love of gardens this Garden Day, which takes place on Sunday 15 October. There’s no denying it, throughout the year an enormous amount of effort goes into keeping and maintaining our gardens, which is why we think this deserves a proper celebration! What you do in your garden on Garden Day is completely up to you but we think it’s a great opportunity to get together with friends and family so that as many people as possible can celebrate together, here are some ideas of what you can do … • Use fresh flowers and greenery from your garden to make flower crowns for everyone. •

Invite neighbours and friends round for rooibos tea en beskuit.

Instead of book club, have a plant club. Ask guests to bring a rare or interesting plant, a cutting or cacti to swop with one of the other guests.

Enjoy dinner outside in the garden with each dish featuring a home-grown ingredient.

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AS SOUTH AFRICANS CELEBRATE ARBOR MONTH THIS SEPTEMBER, LASHER TOOLS WILL BE DONATI NG THIRTY TREES TO TWO SCHOOLS I N GAUTENG The first stop was at the Diepsloot Combined School in the north of Johannesburg, where twenty trees were planted on Spring Day, 1 September 2017. The school has become a beacon of hope for the disadvantaged community of Diepsloot; a centre of learning for the township youth, a refuge from parental abuse and a place to get a daily meal.

renewable energy and water saving. They work closely with seven beneficiary schools in Cosmo City and two of them have been awarded an international Green Flag, with some of the other schools soon to follow suit. This prestigious environmental excellence award is given after continuously displaying environmental teaching, learning and sustainability for five years.

Lasher Tools partnered with an NGO called Eco Culture who assisted with the tree planting and showed learners how to care for the trees. To help the school with tending the trees, Lasher Tools donated garden tools to the value of R5,000. Eco Culture is a social enterprise that focuses on developing and implementing environmental sustainability programmes in both schools and communities. Their areas of expertise are biodiversity, waste management, food security,

“We are excited to partner with Eco Culture for tree planting and eco-education this Arbor Month. At Lasher Tools we place great importance on the preservation of the environment and the development of our youth, which makes this partnership with Eco Culture a perfect fit”, said Ian Kendall, MD of Lasher Tools.

will be invited to nominate their school via Lasher's Facebook Page by identifying indigenous trees planted on their school grounds. The aim of the campaign is to educate children on the indigenous trees of South Africa and to encourage interest in the conservation of these trees. The winning school will receive ten indigenous trees to be planted on their premises, as well as a full set of gardening tools. A team from Lasher Tools will visit the school to help learners plant the trees and to show them how to use the tools donated. www.lasher.co.za

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fits in with the usage of only water wise planting and the clever use of hard-scaping. All of water for irrigation on this site is supplied by the Storm Water Dam which has a capacity of 5000m3 (five million litres). The impressive estate infrastructural design- directs all drainage from the houses, roads and paving into an underground system which feeds the Storm Water Dam situated at the bottom end of the estate. There is NO waste of any “free”/ rain water. The most commendable part… the Storm Water Dam remains full, even at this stage of the droughts in the Western Cape. The success of this project lies in the fact that the water system is actively saving water (40% + over overhead irrigation), the site is managed by a capable team, the installation/maintenance teams “know how” has secured a working system and the 100% efficient irrigation system in windy conditions has led to no wasted water on areas that must not be irrigated.

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estate to rise from 50 to 200 units within the next 6 years. Netafim were commissioned to supply and install their Landscape Drip Irrigation system onto this estate back in 2013 before the severity of the drought hit the Western Cape. Their forward thinking and “Pro-active” plan saw systems being created that would fit the sites future needs, taking into consideration the: very windy area; highest efficiency/low evapotranspiration which

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AGENDA Dr CA Ida Breed (PR LARCH) Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture @University of Pretoria & ILASA President If we consider predicted urbanization in South Africa, all existing green spaces should be considered as assets that should be protected at all cost. Any privatization or development initiatives in parks should be done with the greatest caution to prevent that any inch of open space is lost to the future. Furthermore, all future development should reserve some open space or at the very least contribute to the public realm and the quality of the streetscape as part of public space. In terms of the current policy and legislative framework, open space provisioning is a requirement in all residential developments to the exclusion of commercial, office and industrial land development applications. In the city of Tshwane, the Town Planning Scheme, 2008 (Revised in 2014), The Tshwane Open Space Framework (TOSF 2005), and City of Tshwane Land Use Management By-Law, 2016 require that open space be provided in all developments that add residential densities in the City. Green spaces in cities offer heat island regulation, storm water infiltration, flood prevention as well as climate and air quality control. There are also recognized health benefit aspects such as attention restoration; stress reduction; mood regulation; social interaction and physical activity. To ensure a healthy and equitable society, government and municipalise must ensure that green space is reserved in spite of inevitable development. Schedule 16 of the City of Tshwane By-Laws, 2016 gives developers the option to pay park and open space contributions in lieu of open space provisioning. This results in a loss of open space resources as developers in many instance opt to pay contributions in order to maximise the amount of land available for development. Also, alienation and donation of undeveloped open spaces by municipalities www.prolandscaper.co.za

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compromises the amount of open spaces available to communities. Full implementation of existing municipal policies such as the TOSF 2005, which prohibits the donation, alienation or outright sale of open resources in the city is crucial to the preservation of these resources. These spaces should be equally distributed through all parts of the city, providing access to all levels of society. A variety of green space from wild ecological habitats, to recreation and food production areas are further required for the myriad of ecosystem services that these must supply to ensure the survival of all species.

Marie Badenhorst Senior Landscape Architect, for & on behalf of Boogertman & Partners More or less half of the world’s people are living in cities. Challenges facing our cities due to unprecedented rates of urbanization are social segregation, traffic congestion, unplanned sprawl, and environmental degradation. The city which is supposed to be the pinnacle of human habitation, is the worst place to live in terms of health and well-being. Segmented green open spaces within our cities are already under severe pressure due to economic and development pressure. They are asked to perform much more than functional or aesthetic services: they recharge ground water, filter effluent through riparian and marsh vegetation, provide a habitat for urban wildlife, flood retention, pollution absorption, climatic amelioration, emotional stress release functions, food production and many more. In the eThekwini municipality (Durban) many diverse open spaces and ecosystems supply benefits that, in turn, contribute to the economic value of the specific systems. It has been estimated that wetlands are annually worth around R300 000 per ha and forests around R21 000 per ha. The value of an ecosystem increases according to its richness in diversity, which enables that ecosystem

to supply a broader variety of services. The total replacement value of the ecosystem services supplied by these 63 000 ha of open space mapped in the 2002 spatial plan/open space system for the eThekwini municipality is an estimated R3.1 billion per year. It is noteworthy that this figure excludes the value of the role of open space in the tourism industry of Durban: which alone was estimated to be worth R3.3billion in 2001. (Source: www.durban.gov.za) Holistic planning and integrated management approach to urban open spaces are essential within the science of urban planning. By adding these words to the famous Ian McHarg: “Design with nature” – for people, we are starting to address the economic viability of our green open spaces. These derelict and often quite dangerous spaces poses powerful engines of economic growth and innovation.

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Falcon Agricultural Equipment (Pty) Ltd is an owner-managed business and the largest manufacturer of rotary cutters in Africa. The company was opened in 1985, by Gerrie De Jongh, a well-known farmer in KZN at the time, at its current premises in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The current owners, Steve Thurtell & Hans Coertse purchased the business in 2002.

for many years, since good turf management will require its regular use. The range includes:

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The Falcon Rollermower delivers a neat, even cut. Its safety, affordability and durability make it a popular choice for all turf areas from lawns to polo fields.

The Falcon GrassmulcherTM leaves an even mulch of finely cut material, removing the need for collection. It is the ideal choice for one-pass maintenance of sports grounds.

Our extensive mower range includes in excess of 18 various tractor drawn implements with various features, cutting widths and finishes to satisfy every turf maintenance need. There • are models for all variety of operations, with cutting widths ranging from 0,9 m to 2,1 m and cutting heights between 0 and 100mm. The choice of implement should be based not only on the quality of cut, but also on the ease of • maintenance, simplicity of operation and the knowledge that the implement will serve you well

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The Amazone SmartCut Groundkeeper is an imported implement from Germany. Amazone are at the forefront of modern technology and are known for their innovation and high-tech implements. The Groundkeeper offers efficient maintenance of all green spaces. It can be used year round and in all weather conditions for scarifying and mowing as well as collecting of leaves, hedges, twigs and even litter in recreational areas. It is extremely versatile and can be used for parks, lawns, sports fields, golf courses, paddocks, green spaces in residential areas and campsites. The newest addition to the Falcon Specialised Mower range is the Falcon TurfPro Finishing Mower. This implement delivers the highest quality finish of all our mowers and is perfectly suited for any area under high quality turf such as sports fields and golf courses. It has a working width of 2,1 metres and its low-maintenance belt drive system provides added reliability and lower maintenance while the improved height adjustment mechanism allows a quick and easy cut height setting. Running on full-width rollers, it can be operated safely and effectively in all conditions.

What is unique about your product? In many parts of South Africa, “Falcon” is the generic term for grass-cutting implements, making us the undisputed leader in our field. www.prolandscaper.co.za

When buying the Falcon brand, you buy more than just a product – you buy the heritage and expertise of a company that has been around for more than 30 years! Each implement is designed to be simple, safe and serviceable, offering excellent value for money. They are built to last and are capable of coping with the tough South African conditions. We manufacture the Falcon range of implements and our on-going programme of innovation and improvement ensures that we consistently launch implements to satisfy our customers’ ever-changing requirements. Our complete range includes slashers, Haymakers®, material handling implements, mulchers, mowers, spreaders and rotavators. Where are your products manufactured? The Falcon premises is in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This is the ideal location, as it is in an agricultural area with a leading agricultural college nearby. We are also situated near the N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban.

of staff have been in the business from the very beginning and recently celebrated long service awards in excess of 30 years. There is a strong sense of family values within the company, despite significant growth. What are your company’s plans for the future within the landscaping trade division? The recent launch of the new TurfPro Finishing Mower was a move for the company to supply a really high finish turf implement at an affordable price based on the Falcon principles of quality and durability. This machine is the only locally manufactured implement of its kind and all of its competitors are imported which are affected by the exchange rate and therefore are more expensive. “We see this implement being an excellent addition to our turf offering and one that will service the turf market for many years to come”, says Steve Thurtell, Managing Director of Falcon.

How many dealers around Southern Africa house these products? We distribute our products through more than 350 authorised dealers countrywide, as well as across our borders into 12 other African countries. How many staff do you employ? The company employs more than 75 staff at its premises in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. A number

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FEATURED: STONE AGE Passionate about preserving the age-old artistry of stone masonry.

Tell us a little about Stone Age’s background and who started the company? Stone Age Construction was established 16 years ago in the small town of Barrydale. Most of the houses that we worked on in the beginning were built entirely out of stone. There were great stonemasons and artists that I was lucky enough to learn from and work with such as Kallie Botha, David Draghoener, Chris Engelbrecht and Micheal Bron to name a few. What is interesting is how each mason has his own style and if you looked carefully you would be able to see where each one was working. The company is now based outside Klapmuts on the R44 towards Stellenbosch. Our idea is to one day create a stone town where people can walk on cobbled walkways between troughs, water features, slate, boulders and other stone features on display. In our yard Joost Pyke, a Belgium stone mason is leading a team of highly skilled masons that specialise in various disciplines of stonework and lettering. We share a passion to preserve the age-old – and now quite rare – artistry of the original stonemasons.

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There are many facets to Stone Age Construction. We specialise in stone construction, installation of gabions, supplying of stone, supply and installation of granite and slate tiles as well as the manufacturing of various stone products. We are equally inspired to incorporate beautiful stone elements into a building or landscapes. What is the full range of product you have available to the landscaping trade industry? We have an extensive range of products from stepping stones, baged stone for dry gardens, ornamental stone, a large variety of boulders, extra large sandstone hornfell and granite, large slate slabs for stone tables, stone benches/ garden furniture, granite cobbles as well as bespoke handmade sandstone and granite troughs, water wise water features and bird baths, stone lintels for outside fireplaces and granite kerbs. It is an extensive range to service a variety of application. What is unique about your product? Why would a contractor or wholesaler pick this product over your competitors? We can safely say that we are the only company that can offer clients products that are not readily available in South Africa. All of our products are proudly South African and absolutely nothing gets imported which is for us very important. We have extensive knowledge, experience and a willingness to explore all opportunities involving stone. We do not perceive projects as being too small, too difficult or even crazy. They are all opportunities to showcase our enthusiasm for work, that allows Stone Age to set the standard and benchmark for creative stone work in South Africa. www.prolandscaper.co.za


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How is sustainability embedded into your practices as suppliers to the industry? We only use the waste products from existing granite and shale mines. All stone is a natural resource and there is only so much of it so respect for the product is paramount. We also collect stone from ploughed fields. Through careful planning we have maximized our usage and dropped waste to almost 0. The fact that we have been in the construction industry for the past 16 years has also allowed us to secure 50% of our stone from excavations on building projects throughout the province, that would otherwise end up as rubble on landfill sites. Where are your products manufactured? All products are manufactured at our yard in Klapmuts. We are in the process of installing a CNC wire saw that will be able to handle blocks up to 80 tons and cut blocks of 3m long and 2meters wide. We also have a gallery with a variety of handcrafted basins and stone lintels on display. In Paarl we also have a fabricating plant where we produce some of our more adventurous, custom made creations. What are Stone Age’s plans for the future within the landscaping trade sector? We are implementing day by day our strategy in building a Stone Village where you walk through stone arches in an open air gallery. Clients would be able to watch the masons apply their trade.

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT’S Journal CARTWRIGHT’S CORNER, Cape Town CBD

A project where Square One was appointed to develop a vision for the currently unutilized podium deck and roofscape at the Cartwright’s Corner building in Cape Town’s CBD. The building is located on a prominent corner site in central Cape Town, bounded by Adderley Street and Darling Street. The concrete framed aggregate and glass building was completed in 1968, rises over 20 floors and has a dominant base plinth on two floors with a central tower block. The design references 1960’s Brutalism in a somewhat restrained and fine-scaled manner. Originally designed as offices located in the tower block with shops and arcades in the plinth, the building has more recently been converted to residential apartments with some modification to the openings to form flush balconies and doorways. Apart from being a dominant building at an important junction, Cartwright’s Corner is surrounded by an array of fine buildings of

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various ages. These can all be experienced from the podium deck level and apartments. The surrounding buildings all contribute to making this a fine-grained and richly detailed part of the central city, with active street edges and interfaces. Square One’s vision for the site includes the creation of sheltered alcoves providing spaces for rest and respite from the elements. An in depth microclimatic analysis of the site was completed and climatic opportunities and constraints were identified to provide wind shelter, and to maximise the provision of shade and sunlight, throughout the year. Sunset seating and relaxation bays allow views onto the surrounding buildings and cityscape.

Colourful, sculptured playscapes and woven nets for climbing are provided to encourage play and interaction within the space. Feature elements include a sky mirror, water feature and reflection pond, providing spaces for calm and rejuvenation. A raised lawn area, bamboo forest and soft perimeter planting bring life and energy to the space, providing ecological refuge in the harsh urban environment. A running/ walking track weaves through the space, encouraging users of the indoor gym area to bring their exercise routine to the outdoors. A multi-purpose deck space can be used as an outdoor cinema, while feature lighting enlivens the night-time ambience. A book lounge and multi-purpose functions kiosk further aims to attract a diverse range of potential users to the space.

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MFULENI URBAN PARK, Mfuleni, Cape Town

The City of Cape Town’s Mfuleni Urban Park forms the urban core and main economic and civic node of Mfuleni. The Mfuleni CBD originated as a hostel site for migrant workers on the Cape Flats. It has since grown to include private residences, commercial activities and informal settlements. The space is associated with a large sports precinct, a shopping district, a number of NGO’s, a clinic, primary and high schools, a transport interchange including a bus shelter and taxi rank, the Mfuleni library, municipal offices and a police station. As the Park is surrounded by various community facilities and public transport infrastructure, it provides an ideal opportunity for the enhancement of this vital open space in a dense urban environment, where communal space is crucially important to strengthen communities while fostering economic growth. The upgrade of the Urban Park will have a spinoff effect on surrounding property values and provide a much needed boost to the area. Private sector investment and community projects will be strengthened with the creation of an urban park that will be well utilized by all members of the community. The intention is for the area to become one of the primary urban nodes in the district. The upgrade of the Mfuleni Urban Park will aim to aid in the reduction of social ills and crime in the area, enhance the well-being of the

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community and increase economic prosperity by providing walkable, safe public open space. Local environment and public health will be improved by providing spaces for social interaction, physical activity and play. Local pride of place will be encouraged by providing cultural opportunities for community collaboration, creating flexible public space that can accommodate a variety of uses. Prosperity will be increased by increasing property values, attracting business and investment to the area and enhancing the status of the Mfuleni precinct as a whole. All these activities would work together to encourage community pride and encouraging local citizens to take ownership of their community.

adults, while a children’s play area encourages learning through play for younger members of the community. A multi-purpose lawn/ recreational area is provided with braai facilities, shaded lapa areas and seating. Striking feature trees line prominent avenues and bring seasonal colour and interest to the park, while providing screening and wind amelioration. Shade trees enhance visual axes and seasonal meadow and bulb planting creates further seasonal interest and colour, while community art work at the entrance gateway aims to foster civic pride, identity and community engagement. The implementation of the project is currently well under way and completion is scheduled before the end of 2017.

Mfuleni means ‘place by the river’ in isiXhosa. The initial design proposal included the creation of a network of swales highlighting the importance of the ecological connection of the park to the adjacent Kuils River. The reference to water is now expressed in the creation of a splash park (interactive water feature) that will become a key attraction for children in the area. The design includes a terraced amphitheatre to allow performances and community events. Outdoor gym equipment provides recreational activities and promotes a healthy lifestyle for

Mark Saint Pôl - Director

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The BERA family are and have always been dedicated to producing products of excellence and durability. This commitment and consistent strategic interventions based on market requirements have enabled us to establish a successful partnership with professionals in 38 countries. Our European manufacturing facility offers highly rated QA-systems under Lloyds/ISO9001 and 65% of our employees are disabled in line with our social fairness policies. With the company’s historical roots and wealth of know-how in landscaping and architectural fields, BERA has progressively enhanced its program with multiple ‘green’ solutions for the professional landscaping architects and contractors as well as creating dedicated products for the growing DIY market, where we are recognized as the #1 supplier in the field of stabilsation products and Accessories. BERA South Africa Pty Ltd, opened in August of 2016 with our head office in Cape Town

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Installation for Westdene Dam on behalf of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo Photograph: Melissa Hart

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Welcome to the New 6th Generation of Outdoor Gyms

Do you offer an installation service with the products?

Tell us a little more about the launch of the 6th generation range of equipment? What is unique about this range to our sector? We have designed the 6th generation to tackle the needs expressed to us by clients to improve and better the existing 5th generation. We thus set out to design the most technologically advanced and durable outdoor gym on the market. It is now the only outdoor gym in South Africa that offers up to 5 years warranty. All our gym and play items carry a CE and TUV international quality certification. We also offer CAD and 3D designs to landscape architects and other clients we work closely with. The 6th generation also offers unmatched flexibility in the accessories colour choice, allowing clients to choose their brand colours / park colour scheme. You have recently installed the first ever gym on a rooftop which is a popular concept abroad due to urbanization… What made you try out this concept in South Arica and has it been a successful application of your product? We are so proud of these 2 rooftop installations for AFCHO in Johannesburg’s CBD, not only because it was a very technically complicated task, but because it adds enormous value to the residents and the property developers alike, with very little to zero maintenance needed. For a relatively small capital investment, this previously unused and unloved area is now benefiting all involved. It is a fantastic use of the space which we are thrilled about. 20 Pro Landscaper Africa / September 2017

Where can we find some of your installed products/ projects and what have been some of the most exciting projects to date? World Outdoor Fitness has canvassed South Africa from Cape Town to Limpopo with over 300 facilities to date, which can be accessed via our locality map on our website. Our growing brand shows strong demand for this type of product and it solidifies the need for low cost, low maintenance exercise in both public and commercial spaces. What are some of your most memorable installations?

All our product offerings include installation as these are specialised items and we want to ensure the utmost quality. Wrong or unbalanced installation can result in injuries. WOF carries a comprehensive Public liability cover. What would you say World Outdoor Fitness’s plans are for the future? We intend to continue to invest heavily in Resources & Development and make sure we bring SA the best recreational and fitness products combined with our unbeatable delivery and after sale service, to ensure steady and healthy growth. Our aim is to have an outdoor gym in every park and development across SA that encourages people to exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle.

There is one application we installed at Westdene Dam for Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), which was The BootCamp series with playground system and 6th generation outdoor gym. JCPZ won a SALI award for this park which is a great honour. Some other memorable projects include: Kids Haven for Discovery Vitality, Phiri Park for Nestle, the urban outdoor gym outside the Rand Daily Mail for Mafdi properties, Eco-Peaks for M-T development, The Free State and KZN universities, Zambezi Sun and Flamingo Casino for Sun International, lifestyle estates such as Fourways Gardens and countless public parks installed for municipalities and government projects. www.prolandscaper.co.za


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MINUTES WITH DAVID GIBBS Pro Landscaper delves into the mind of one of South Africa's most philosophical, interesting and inspiring Landscape Architect's, David Gibbs.

Gansbaai Clinic - landscape concept

What inspired you to pursue your career? Family holidays, road-trips and family holidays during my childhood exposed the vastly different habitats and environments within our own county, instilling in me a passion for geography, history and travel, as well as a concern for the environment (Stewardship of our world – it’s a collective responsibility!) I enjoyed learning and spent time reading encyclopaedias and dictionaries (long before the google age) –cross-referencing different topics - I enjoyed learning. I also enjoyed creative pursuits – Art was one of my favourite school subjects - I even took extra-curricular Art classes at the Frank Joubert School of Art. My art curriculum in matric encompassed history and theory of Art, which included a study of Architecture as an applied form of public art. I found this fascinating and reasoned that I had a better chance of earning a living as an Architect than as Artist, and so applied to study Architecture at UCT. At the time, the School of Architecture formed part of UCT’s Faculty of ‘Fine Art and Architecture.'

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During my undergraduate degree, one of my lecturers was Tarna Klitzner – a Landscape Architect. I had never heard of a Landscape Architect before this introduction, but I was intrigued by the possibility of a post-graduate specialization in this field – as I discovered I had a greater affinity for place-making and site-planning than for building construction and detailing. Landscape Architecture enabled the further exploration of my interests in geography and ecology. Moreover, Tarna seemed to understand my design ideas far more intuitively that the other studio masters, and she later suggested I seek an internship work with Ian Ford, when I got the chance. UCT’s (then)’ new’ 2-year master’s degree in Landscape Architecture programme was launched in 2000, with Bernie Oberholzer as programme convenor. I had the opportunity to enrol in the first intake of students, which was very exciting, as we were able to help shape the course, as ‘pioneers’ (or perhaps, as Guinee pigs, though I prefer ’pioneers’). The course had been proposed many years earlier –

during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, but it had taken some 20 years of preparation before the programme finally commenced. By this time, the School of Architecture was part of UCT’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, and in 2001 I was one of the first three graduates of the Master of Landscape Architecture programme. We were extremely fortunate to work closely alongside the already established post graduate planning programmes – City and Regional Planning (MCRP) and City Planning and Urban Design (MCPUD), sharing studio and theory courses with these related disciplines and collaborating on projects. Retrospectively, I think that Landscape Architecture has profoundly affected both the planning and urban design programmes, which seem to have become a lot more spatial in focus, and have expanded upon their environmental concerns. In term, the planning and urban design programmes have helped shape Landscape Architecture as a strategic discipline with a holistic vision, able to operate at the highest level of policy formation and decision-making.

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You have travelled extensively abroad… How have you applied what you learned abroad to your career in South Africa? People are people the world over: we all need shelter, nourishment, purpose and love. Although it’s not appropriate (or even possible) to import and replicate design ideas from external sources directly (they need to be adapted and moulded to context), we are all human and there are universal qualities of place which resonate across cultures, and there are some lessons which are globally applicable. However we need not replicate ubiquitous international stylistic trends for our design to have value; we have an indigenous genius of which we should be proud: a particular inventiveness and pragmatism. We need to acknowledge all aspects of our history unselfconsciously and embrace a shared identity in order to achieve anything worthwhile. We need to work collectively, collaboratively and cooperatively – and in this endeavour diplomacy and humility are essential attributes. Within South Africa we have some unique and real challenges to overcome, – but we also have unique opportunities with phenomenal possibility.

process: We need to interpret ideas and concepts generated through discussion into spatial realities and to maintain a holistic vision throughout. As a consultant at OvP I worked on some major infrastructural projects –notably Koeberg Interchange and Hospital Bend Road improvement project. I learned the value of Landscape Architecture in site rehabilitation and restoration, and from Engineer Leon Bester I learned the value of meticulous site management and record keeping. While at OvP I also worked on St Andrew’s Square – one of the projects associated with the Green Point Urban Park, as well as on some early planning proposal for the park itself. Even though politics is not my area of expertise, I learned the value (and necessity) of political will in driving any project through to implementation. In another way, this was manifest at Robben Island, when we worked on a project associated with the historic gun emplacements and other infrastructural relics associated with the Second World War. This project had the potential to add

another dimension to the visitor experience of the island – and indeed the island’s role within the Second World War is one of the aspects which led to its recognition as a World Heritage Site (as WW2 is part of global history). However, the project was perceived as a potential threat - detracting from the dominant narrative associated with the maximum security prison and its role within the struggle for freedom, and thus the project never reached its full potential. At a far more intimate scale, I worked with the congregation of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in developing a Garden of Remembrance for the interment of ashes. In this project we researched the rites of sepulture and the deeply human processes associated with grief, farewell, closure and acceptance. I learned to appreciate the spiritual need for sacred space to nurture sacred time – allowing reflection, contemplation, and prayer and peace.

Koeberg Interchange - landscape gateway

With experience in architecture, urban design and heritage conservation, you have worked on some interesting projects, which is the one that you gained the most valuable experience from and why? I find I am continually learning with every project and with each I try to refine my approach, to develop my methodology and to improve my rigor, while remaining open to intuition. Working on projects layered with history, I have learned to value the notion of the ‘palimpsest’ in cultural landscape – in which various actions and reactions overlay to shape the current form, and in which intervention is part of the process. Working with Ian Ford and Associates at Vergelegen Estate for example, I realized the value in continuity of curatorship, of nurturing an ongoing and longterm relationship with place, to enable the process of evolution and succession to be guided and supported. Working with Urbanscapes in Khayelitsha I learned the true value of community participation; of developing a shared vision for places and letting go of individual agendas in favour of collective goals. I also learned that Landscape Architects have a critical role to play in facilitating this

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Besides the rich cultural experience, which cities that you have visited were the most The Temple Mount inspirational to your craft and why?

Hangzhou is also an ancient Capital, and is best known for Xi Hu (West Lake), which is an enormous public park (complete with monasteries, pavilions pagodas and temples); I recall sailing slowly across the lake and disappearing eerily into the mist – until we emerged in another island world – a twisted stretch of land shaped somewhat like a pretzel, but whimsically entitled ‘Four ponds reflecting the Moon’ and indeed they did.

Copenhagen

I was deeply inspired by Copenhagen when, as a masters class, we spent several weeks at the Royal Danish Academy as part of our curriculum. The ‘Merchants Harbour’ is a fascinating city which has managed to integrate agriculture and forest conservation areas in between highly urban corridors. The city has a strong green agenda; and promotes non-motorized transport systems (more than a third of all urban transit is bicycle traffic) as-well-as community-orientated low-rise high-density co-operative housing projects. Copenhagen has a lot to teach the world about resilient urban ecology. Naturally the context here is different, but the principles can be adapted locally.

West Lake Hangzhou

Visitors are sometimes Pilgrims, especially if they journey to the Holy Land, and Jerusalem the Holy City, central to three great faiths; awaits the traveller at journey’s end. Jerusalem is so powerfully evocative that one’s thoughts and dreams are entirely captivated.: The Temple Mount in the heart of the Old City has an inexplicably ethereal and timeless quality, almost hauntingly so. Central to this vast platform, and serene in bearing, the Dome of the Rock is quite possibly the most heartachingly beautiful building I have ever seen.

Classic Gardens of Suzhou

I was astounded by both the Chinese Cities I visited – notably Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Beijing. I was humbled by my own ‘ignorance’ of an ancient culture and my inability to communicate. Having no knowledge of the language or writing system, and I felt very foreign indeed. In Shanghai, I was awed by the immense size of the city – which seemed like one enormous shopping district; and the sheer scale of urban infrastructure. Suzhou is an ancient capital, with centuries-old canals and arched bridges, and home to the Scholar’s Gardens – listed collectively as UNESCO World Heritage. I spend hours exploring the places with the most poetic names: the ’Master of Nets Garden’, ‘The Humble Administrator’s Garden’ and the Lingering Garden, amongst others. These reflect Chinese paintings in the three dimensions – needing to be experience to be understood – with one part of the garden opening to reveal another as the visitor’s moves through it.

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The Dome of the Rock

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At the opposite end of the world, I was completely seduced by the sultry exuberance of Rio de Janeiro; a Latin city dominated by its startling geography. Smart wealthy neighbourhoods coexist’ cheek by jowl’ with vibrant vertical favelas, and the city has a definite, creative, rhythm, and festive flair. The urban surfaces are treated as giant canvases - enlivened by the artworks of Roberto Burle Marx - in an interpretation of an existing tradition of cobbled stonework – and entire roadways as closed to vehicular traffic on Sundays – allowing pedestrians to promenade, pose and flex. Everyone dresses in beachwear, everywhere.

Works by Roberto Burle Marx

DIFFERENT CITIES FOR DIFFERENT REASONS… Works by Roberto Burle Marx

Of all the Great Capitals, however, Rome the eternal City, both Ancient and Modern, carries for me the most gravitas. It is a place of piazzas and fountains, where history is alive and very much part of the city’s very urbanity. Within its bounds exists an entire city state, Città del Vaticano, with Saint Peters Peter’s Basilica at its heart, surmounting which Michelangelo’s Duomo commands the City skyline. St Peter’s Square, where thousands gather, is surely one of the most memorable places on Earth. I have an incredibly vivid memory of a moment in this space, early on morning, watching one of the ladies with whom I was travelling rush across the piazza – exquisitely dressed in traditional Xhosa attire, beautifully illustrating a fusion of cultures at the original metropolis – indeed the centre of the world, for all roads do in fact lead to Rome. Rome

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Gansbaai Clinic - landscape concept Do you often collaborate with other architects or designers on projects, which are the projects that involved the most disciplines and was it successful? Yes often! Some of my best friends are architects! In fact, although I ‘work alone’ I never work independently – I am always part of a design or specialist team, and prefer to work collaboratively. I enjoy working at a strategic level – advocating Landscape Architecture at the planning and urban design stages of projects, and influencing engineering solutions towards (for example) sustainable urban drainage and water sensitive urban design, as evidence in some recent inner city projects. Together with colleague architects I have even collaborated with private developers – in Salt River for example, the developer realized the value (to his properties) in contributing to the improvement of the public environment. By fostering a public-private partnership, engaging the local authorities, local communities and businesses; we developed a broad urban renewal scheme, which included a public square, a neighbourhood park, a local church, pedestrian improved streets and sidewalk upgrading. Cornerstone College and Devils Peak Brewing Company are now located within this precinct. Most recently I have been working with heritage specialists (often on combined Heritage and Visual Assessment projects) – in which we are able to bring to the project team (planners, urban designers engineers and architects) an understanding of an appreciation for the cultural landscape; establishing criteria for evaluation and proposing a set of visual and heritage indictors for design response. It’s a proactive, rather than reactive approach to development critique, and strategically enables the development of projects that fit comfortably within their pre-existing contexts, enabling them to contribute positively to the cultural landscape.

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In research and design projects I have collaborated with artists, historians, librarians, digital specialists, archaeologists, freshwater ecologists, land surveyors, botanists, anthropologists – everyone has a valuable contribution to make.

overcame hereditary deafness to become leaders in their respective disciplines.Ian Ford, architect, landscape architect and gentleman, has had a profound (yet understated) influence on the practice of Landscape Architecture in the Western Cape, and on me specifically.

Who is your greatest inspiration when it comes to urban design and architecture?

Residential, Public or Commercial Space and why?

Practically, in terms of urban landscape design, Jan Gehl of Gehl Architects immediately springs to mind (he was one of our hosts during our class ‘field trip’ to Copenhagen in 2001, and has subsequently visited Cape Town); Gehl has helped transform so many urban spaces and memorable places in Copenhagen and elsewhere. Adriaan Gueze of West 8, has directed some enormously ambitious and astounding projects which are certainly inspiring as well.

Definitely public space! It is the platform for human interaction the forum for civic activity. I like places that are freely accessibly and available for the enjoyment of everyone.

Philosophically, Philip Bess has some very interesting things to say about urban design (ref: ‘Till we have built Jerusalem: Architetcure, Urbanism and the Sacred’) – recommended reading…. Architecturally, I have always been enamoured with vernacular buildings – the wisdom of traditional design and craftsmanship manifested in pragmatic and beautiful forms, built of local materials, firmly rooted in place and responsive to context. There is a lot we can learn from a traditional way of building. I’m not saying we need to replicate the vernacular – but it is possible to interpret it in ways that are innovative, and yet reflect a development of the tradition. I admire the work of John Pawson, Glenn Murcutt and Francis Kéré , amongst others. Michael Sutton is surely a South African architectural giant, who (like his sister, Landscape Architect, Ann Sutton)

What is your greatest tool? Imagination! Idealism! Innocence! Naivety! Actually Google Earth Pro has changed my life! I’m also pretty fond of my A3 scanner, my camera, my pencils and my fineliners. Also my special colour pencils that my little nephews insist on borrowing… Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years? I’m currently involved in some book projects, as well as some academic research, and hope to make a little more progress on these endeavours…I love the academic environment, and hope to continue teaching as well as practicing as a landscape architect | environmental planner | heritage practitioner | visual specialist with cultural landscape focus. I hope I’ve made a little more progress in the bond repayments, and hope to complete some home improvement (additions and alterations…)

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You are also a lecturer at UCT in the School of Architecture and Planning for City Planning, Urban Design and Masters of Landscape Architecture, in your opinion, what is the most important lesson that you want to communicate to your students?

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Everyone has value. Learn to trust yourself and to develop positive self-confidence but never arrogance. Humility is really important, so is kindness and sincerity. (Remember: Logos, Ethos, Pathos). Do your research, know your limits, acknowledge your weaknesses and develop your strengths. Value the contribution of others. Give credit where it is due. Pace yourself, work consistently and persevere. You are not alone: you are loved; spend time with your loved ones. What advice can you give to your students and young professionals who are going to pursue their future career in Landscape Architecture and Urban design? I answered a similar question on the UCT Graduate Gallery Website: advising young professionals to be diplomatic, but to stand their ground when necessary. Remember your graduation is only the beginning - there is still so much growth to be experienced ­so be humble and open­minded! Your career path may take many unexpected turns, so be prepared for some interesting detours. Periodically take stock of your career path and redefine your career trajectory to adapt to the changing business environment. Be sincerely pleased for the well-deserved success of others. Be motivated and inspired, be passionate about what you do and strive to improve the world for people and the environment through the implementation of your work.

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Location: University of Cape Town. Cost: R2,85m Timeline of development: May 2012 – June 2017 Size: 500m2

The new lecture theatre project at the University of Cape Town is located at the southern end of University Avenue on the Upper Campus. OvP were commissioned to take on the role of reimagining the landscape of this site that provides a 500m2 lecture venue for 400 people.

The Brief The brief for this project was the provision of a new building in the form of a 400 seat lecture theatre at the southern termination of University Avenue. It was seen by the Client as an opportunity to provide spatial definition and visual coherence to an unresolved area previously occupied by the Janitor’s Residence. The design was preceded by the appointment of OvP to undertake a visual survey of the Upper Campus, the outcome of which was a study which established new Landscape Design Principles and Guidelines for the implementation of future work. OvP were subsequently commissioned to update the Landscape Master Plan with a special focus

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on the proposed pedestrianisation of University Avenue and the the upgrade of Residence Square (flanking the central axis on Jameson Hall) and the conceptual integration of the proposed new Lecture Theatre at the southern end of Univesity Avenue. These informants were to be directly applied to guide the implementation and heritage inspired debate around the position, scale and form of the proposed Lecture Theatre either as a building to replace the Janitor’s House as a focal point at the end of the Avenue or as a building standing in line with the existing buildings on the curved armature of the Avenue.

Commenced in mid 2012, the depth of this debate delayed the project substantially, but in the end sanity prevailed and the argument for the building conforming to the ‘line of soldiers standing to attention’ was accepted and the design moved forward into documentation and implementation. Throughout the design process, led by GAPP Architects & Urban Designers, the clients objective was around conceiving a contemporary expression for the project, being linked, but not directly associated to the heritage core of the Upper Campus, and which would provide design informants for the phased upgrade of the Avenue which was likely to commence from the core outwards. Pro Landscaper Africa / September 2017

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SUPPLIERS In retrospect, the objectives were achieved, and the space forms a powerful ‘sense of place’ at the southern end of the campus and provides an inferred contemporary reference to the form and language of the central axis (Jameson Steps) in the context of a hillside campus defined by terraces cut into the slope and mediated by retaining walls and stairs. This project required carefull and rigorous integration with the design team, particularly with regard to heritage issues relating to the spatial continuity and landscape character of the existing campus. The landscape design response related directly to how the southern termination of University Avenue was to be achieved, both in terms of where the building was to be positioned and the form and landscape character mediated the slope and orientation of the site. The Design Summary The siting and massing of the building was informed by heritage principles relating to the evolution of the Upper Campus plan and the preservation of the spatial continuity of the avenue and heritage context. The spatial corridor formed by the curvature of the avenue, a shaft of space lined with fine, well ordered academic buildings, is intended to be incrementally pedestrianised but lacked visual coherence towards the southern end. 30 Pro Landscaper Africa / September 2017

Precast Concrete Products World Of Decorative Concrete (WODC): Johan Coetzee - 021 982 0006 Precast Concrete Products C.E.L Paving Gill Ritchie - 021 905 5998 The landscape response was therefore centred on the idea of anchoring the southern termination of the avenue and providing an inferred contemporary reference to the form and language of the central axis (Jameson Steps) in the context of a hillside campus defined by terraces cut into the slope and mediated by retaining walls and stairs. The building straddles the sloping topography and forms a double level foyer space opening onto a slightly elevated pedestrian square carefully designed to negotiate the level changes through a sequence of de-materialised steps and seating opportunities. The space wraps around the building, providing spatial and visual continuity to the pedestrian system.

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A feature of the building design is the continuity of the green facades of the historic core. In contrast to the traditional virginia creeper covered stipple plastered masonry walls, this is achieved by a more contemporary expression of a light steel trellis system plantfed with indigenous climbers over the full height of the glass façade. This element will provide seasonal shading and contributes to the green building design principles. The external learning spaces encourage informal social interaction and are defined by a gently sloping lawn embankment bathed in dappled shade from a large oak tree (carefully maintained during the course of construction), a vegetated storm water swale with pedestrian bridge, cycling facilities and indigenous planting palette. The project is the first at UCT to achieve a 4-star design rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa.

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ABOUT OVP

Since its establishment in 1983, OvP Associates has grown to become a leading landscape architectural practice committed to improving the natural, cultural and environmental qualities of our environments. OvP offers integrated professional skills encompassing, landscape architecture, architecture, and environmental planning. OvP have had the privilege to work on a wide range of prestigious projects, including Vergelegen’s East & Rose Gardens, the V&A Waterfront, Green Point Park and the Cape Point and Table Mountain Visitors Amenities.

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PREMIER ESTATE

The first phase of a R6-million Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) refurbishment project at Leeuwenhof Estate has been completed with Phase 2 set to commence once funding is approved. This project has created work opportunities for 40 people from the City of Cape Town municipal area with the landscape reimagined by ACG Landscape Architects. Commissioned to construct this prestigious garden was none other than Urban Landscape Solutions.

An Introduction Leeuwenhof is an estate in the Gardens area of Cape Town and is the official residence of the Premier of the Western Cape. Leeuwenhof was originally a farmhouse dating to the time of the Dutch East India Company's rule of Cape Town. It includes a Slave Quarters which has been renovated and used to house an exhibition about slavery in Cape Town. The building stands on the slopes of Table Mountain, above Welgemeend, and is reached through an avenue of shady oaks that leads off of Hof Street. The estate can be dated back to the years when Simon van der Stel was Governor of the Cape, and was granted on 22 October 1693 to Guillaum Heems who built one or two small buildings upon it. After two years he sold the property to Heinrich Bernhard Oldenland, an outstanding botanist of his time and employed as Master Gardener of the Company's garden. Oldenland died suddenly in 1697 and his wife sold the property to Fiscal Joan Blesius who probably built the first proper house upon the property and came to live on the site in 1701. After Blesius' death in 1714, the estate changed hands a number of times until it was bought

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by Johan Christiaan Brasler, who came from Copenhagen, and probably built the present main house. During the 19th century the estate was sold a number of times, one of its owners being Christoffel Joseph Brand (1841-48), who was father of Jan Brand, President of the Orange Free State. In 1839 a second building, known as La Belle Alliance, was built on its land, and by the end of the 19th century expansion of the nearby city forced the sale of large parts of the farming estate. In 1936 it was acquired by the Provincial Administration and became the official residence of the Administrator of the Cape. It was declared a National Monument under old NMC legislation on 15 December 1966. The Brief ACG’s Sally Newton, Project Landscape Architect, explains that “the brief for the landscape design was to enhance the heritage and cultural status of the estate while creating a design consistency throughout the greater estate. The aim was to beautify and enhance the series of courtyards to accommodate both private and public functions, while maintaining their historical significance.

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SUPPLIERS Project Landscape Architect Sally Newton ACG Architects & Development Planner’s Heritage Consultants Thorold Architects 021 689 26 26 New Horizen Nursery John Thiardt 072 5949875 Greenview Farming Charl Marais 021 976 1936 Just Trees Carl Pretorius 021 871 1595 Ludwig’s Roses Anja Taschner 064 756 3158 Robusta Gerhard Moolman 021 881 3269 Plant Culture Scott Hogg 021 881 32 86 Habitat Mature Tree Nursery Dean Kingham 021 855 48 00

Planting was replaced to suit the historic and traditional courtyard themes reminiscent of the low myrtle hedges, old citrus orchards, herb and rose gardens. A larger lower pond was introduced as a central feature in the main courtyard.

shrubs, trees and lawn as well as installation of gabions to stabilise a slope running along the side of one of the buildings – as well as other hard landscaping elements such as installing of a water feature and cable trellising.

Through the design, the flow was improved as well as the relationship between the top, middle and bottom terraces and created linkages between building entrances and focal points.

Materials Indigenous plant materials were mostly grown specifically for the contract by New Horizen Nursery, a sisiter company to Urban Landscape Solutions. Large tree specimens had to be outsourced. Bayleaf and Kumqauts were difficult to find in the sizes required, but were eventually sourced. Specific bench styles had to be sourced. Metal edging was ordered from abroad as the company didn’t stock the quantity required locally, causing a minor delay in the project. The water feature had to be made to order and is a bespoke feature to the garden, also resulting in minor delay. Installation of the gabions was very time consuming due to access restrictions and limited space resulting in all the stone getting moved via wheelbarrow.

Existing paving materials, such as klompie bricks and sandstone paving, were retained where possible, otherwise replicated and standardised to improve legibility across the courtyards. “ Urban Landscape Solutions (ULS) was commissioned, under the site management of Werner Human, subcontracted by BUILD A WAY for garden repairs and renovations at Leeuwenhof Estate. The scope of work for this renowned contracting company included installing irrigation, composting and soil preparation, planting of 36 Pro Landscaper Africa / September 2017

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ABOUT URBAN LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS Urban Landscape Solutions, under the guidance of Eric Cherry, a highly qualified horticulturist with over 35 years experience, is a multi award-winning company with a proven track record. ULS undertakes large scale environmental rehabilitation contracts which includes hydroseeding, plant and seed collection. Regardless of style or scope, ULS have successfully taken on a range of prestigious projects such as the Green Point Urban Park and the One&Only Hotel & Resort at the Cape Town Waterfront.

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Location: Fourways, Sandton Cost: +-R500 000 Timeframe: +- 4 months Size of garden: +/- 1,000m2 stand size – this section of the garden +/- 250m2

REVITALISED RESIDENCE The Friendly Plant’s turn key expertise were commissioned on this fantastic domestic project which saw the complete renovation and overhaul of an existing garden, designed to suit the lifestyle of a family based in Johannesburg.

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he initial ‘canvas’ of this particular project included a swimming pool with ‘rock art' surroundings and a matching synthetic rock water feature which poured water into the pool. The pool was surrounded by timber decking with a small retaining wall towards the back area of the pool, featuring steps down to the pool level. The brief was to reinvigorate a dated and tired garden- where the client wanted to make better use of the space for entertaining friends and family. The space in its current state was just not fitting the bill. The house is shaped in a "U" around this central space, so provides a focal point from the front door entrance and is visible from almost every room in the house. Craig and his team certainly had their work cut out for them! The decision was made to use the area at the back of the pool as the focal point of the garden, as this space is seen as one enters the front door and is central to both the garden and the house. The Friendly Plant built a covered patio area behind the pool and installed a large, tiled roof in line with the aesthetic of the current house with exposed timber beams, providing shade on the new patio. They then constructed a small seat which also acts as a starting point for the water feature, allowing water to flow through three custom-made spouts into a pond and then over an overflow lip, into the pool.

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Main Elements Considered in the Design of this Space. Decking: As fantastic as timber decking can be aesthetically, the client was ultimately looking for a low maintenance flooring option. As the existing decking had begun to look tired and parts of the sub frame had rotted through the decking, the decision was made to install a type of paving product to make the area more useable. Retaining wall: Craig’s team broke down the existing retaining wall completely, replacing it with a new one. There were existing steps between the levels but they were not symmetrical and thus thought that it would be more beneficial to this project to align these steps. There was also an existing slope between the new covered patio area and the new fire pit area. The step that was added between these two spaces addresses the slope and acts as a small feature as it adds additional detail to the area. The new retaining wall also provides a straight line at the back of the pool as opposed to the original wall which followed the slope of the land. Lighting: Lighting was installed onto the outdoor structure as well as pillars with lighting, adding atmosphere to the garden in the evenings and playing into the usability of the space, ultimately extending the amount of time the clients can spend utilising this space.

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Fire pit: The fire pit area includes constructed seating and turns a forgotten, unused corner into a very cozy destination within the garden rather than simply leaving this area as an abandoned space. Pool: In this area of the garden the rock art was chiselled away, the pool was re-marbelited and mosaics were added to the pool below the pool copings. The surrounding area was then paved with flagstone pavers in order to provide a cleaner, neater and more up to date look. A water feature was also installed that makes use of three custom made water spouts pouring water from the wall (which cleverly doubles as seating) into a pond. The water then flows from the pond, over a lip, cascading back into the pool. Planting: The design here was a purposefully low maintenance garden, with many of the plants being used to provide light to the space in terms of flower colour as well as foliage. Evergreen plants with coloured foliage will provide colour throughout the year in this space. This garden is now used extensively by the children as well as the adults - and as a whole, is used as an entertaining environment as well as a place to relax and enjoy the surrounds. The covered patio is also used from time to time as an outdoor workspace. The sound of the running water and the tranquil feel of the space provide a fantastic place to work and play!

ABOUT THE FRIENDLY PLANT The Friendly Plant (Pty) Ltd was founded in 2003 by Craig de Necker, an internationally recognized, awardwinning landscape designer based in Johannesburg. Serving clients throughout South Africa as well as 15 countries. The Friendly Plant has designed gardens ranging from residential gardens of all sizes to public parks, a number of presidential homes and five-star resort hotels. Their work has featured in well over 150 newspaper articles and glossy magazines as well as interviews on numerous television programs and live prime-time radio shows. Offering a turnkey service from the initial CAD designs through to installation and the related building work, this team is client focused and each design is tailored to the specific requirements and style of a client. www.TheFriendlyPlant.co.za

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RAISING HOPE HULTONS LANDSCAPES Beneath the raised structure of the Maggie’s Centre at the Royal Oldham Hospital, a unique sensory space for those affected by cancer

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aggie’s cancer charity was founded by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks and her husband Charles Jencks, to support both people living with cancer and their family and friends. So far, 19 centres have been built across the UK; anyone living with cancer can stop by for advice or support. The centre at the Royal Oldham Hospital, designed by dRMM was opened on 9 June this year.

PROJECT DETAILS Project value +- R2 million Build time Six weeks Size of project 450m²

1 Light filters through the building’s central aperture ©Alex de Rijke 2 A Betula pendula szechuanica grows up through the central aperture ©Alex de Rijke 3 Supported by six columns, the building is accessed via stairs ©Alex de Rijke 4 The project had to be carried out with extreme care, as there were only seven metres from the ground to the underside of the building ©Jasmin Sohi

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Design Supported by six columns, the building floats above a garden filled with trees, and is accessed via a bridge and staircase. A tree grows up through the building from a central oasis to bring nature inside, and a balcony stretches across the south side of the centre, providing an outdoor seating area. To the north, a horizontal window wraps around the façade. New trees frame the building, forming a wood that provides privacy and a strong connection to the seasons, with leaves turning from green to gold and then revealing a filigree of twigs and white trunks in winter. The building takes in views that reach over the rooftops of Oldham, towards the Pennines. Visitors can stand and watch the weather move across the wider landscape, observing how the city turns to farmland, then to mixed forest, rising up the flanks of the great ridge. The garden is framed by enclosing walls, with the building floating above acting like a drop curtain to create a ‘picture window’ effect. Structural trees fill the volume of the space and are accompanied by woodland plants that weave between white birch trees and the crispy bark of pine trunks. Layered drifts of woodland

planting add depth and create the impression of having colonised the space naturally. Many native plants have been used, but with a cultivated twist, such as the copper variety of common hazelnut, Corylus ‘Purpurea’, and the dogwood Cornus ‘China Girl’, which has beautiful white flowers. The woodland has been created with the future in mind, so it has longevity and a purpose. The birch trees have been planted at various maturities, and this successional approach will mean that they evolve over many years and always have a presence at the centre. Beneath the footprint of the building, different grades of raked gravel indicate paths without dictating them. Embedded rocks emerge from the planting, with Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’ mounding over them; meanwhile, a carpet of Soleirolia soleirolii has been encouraged to grow into the marginal spaces under the building. A striking quality of light is created by the building raised above. Indirect light filters down the outline of its edges, and swathes of shuttlecock ferns capture the glow in their fronds – which are in turn highlighted against a backdrop of evergreen Nandina, Sarcococca and creeping Hydrangea seemannii. Light falls through the building’s central aperture, illuminating a single multi-stemmed Betula pendula szechuanica. Nestled within the grassy mound, a water bowl creates a point of light that further draws people into the space, while a second spills over with rainwater from the roof. The terrace forms a raised suntrap, and here a communal table is surrounded by huge clay pots, packed with herbs to be picked for tea infusions or used in the kitchen. Potted fruit trees are underplanted with lavender for scent, and a fig tree thrives in the sun. The greenhouse offers the Pro Landscaper Africa / September 2017

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chance to get involved, perhaps helping to make fresh organic tomato soup for lunch. Sourcing materials Heavy-duty trees were handpicked at Hilliers Nursery by the architect, dRMM’s Alex de Rijke. All small root ball trees, container shrubs and specimen plants were chosen during a visit to Johnsons of Whixley by landscape construction manager Jon Jarvis of Hultons Landscapes, garden designer Rupert Muldoon, and dRMM project architect Jasmin Sohi. Aggregate was specially sourced Welsh stone, while cobbles came from a quarry in North Wales. Special requirements The centre was built on the site of the hospital’s old mortuary, with many of the surrounding walls forming part of the original landscape, so care and thoughtful planning had to be taken. The new herb terrace was part of the original mortuary building; it not only provides a

panoramic view and a tranquil suntrap, but is also an integral part of the hospital, as it retains the road above. The wall constructed for the new greenhouse was built from original stone found on-site – it had previously formed part of the hospital wall, built around 1870. The planting scheme, designed by Rupert Muldoon, was continually adapted during its six-week journey. It included input from the Hultons management and site staff, giving everyone involved in the build a personal feeling of being part of the design. dRMM’s project brief was ‘ruin’. The stones and boulders that emerge from the ground had to feel as though they had naturally exposed their colour and shape over time, along with the Soleirolia soleirolii and Thymus serpyllum that gradually wrap around them. Challenges One of the biggest challenges was space: working underneath the canopy of the building, with only seven metres from the subbase to the underside of the polished ceiling, and using only small plant and equipment. Any mistake that damaged the outer cladding of the building would have a devastating impact in terms of completing the project on time. The Betula pendula ‘Zwisters Glory’ that line the outside of the building soar 12m tall, while the Betula szechuanica expands through the space in the middle of the building, reaching 15m. With a span of five metres, the latter was the biggest challenge of all, and had to be

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ABOUT HULTONS LANDSCAPES

Established in 1968, Hultons provides fully integrated landscaping solutions – from design concepts, to landscape construction and grounds maintenance projects. Based in Cheshire, it serves the North West, Midlands and South Yorkshire, and is in easy reach of a number of major cities.www.hultonslandscapes.com

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positioned fully open as, once in place, there was no access to the ties. The installation utilised eight operatives and took three hours to complete. The water bowl, included to utilise the rainwater pipe running from the building’s roof onto the garden, overflowed with such force that the planted embankment began to wash away within minutes – not the gentle overflow that was expected. After some careful planning and on-site design, construction manager Jon Jarvis and site engineer Joe Eckersley designed an additional water bowl to sit buried under the decorative one. The revised model carried excess water away into the main drain on the other side of the site, without compromising the visual effect and soft water overflow that was originally designed. Planting Species such as Dryopteris filix-mas provide an earthy greenery, while Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’ emerges from behind boulders, its waxy leaves in the shadow of unusual Nandina domestica, Amelanchier lamarckii and feathered Betula pendula. Creeping through the planting are Euphorbia mellifera, Pachysandra terminalis, Sarcococca hookeriana, and Heuchera ‘Caramel’, with white colourbursts from Cornus ‘China Girl’, Trachelospermum jasminoides and Iris ‘White Swan’ providing a contrast to the planting. The sun terrace is enveloped by large handmade pots that are filled with herbs and fruits, from Malus ‘John Downie’ and Prunus persica to the fragrant Lavandula ‘Munstead’, Rosmarinus officinalis, Mentha longifolia and oregano. On a sunny day, the centre’s staff and visitors often indulge in homemade verbena and mint tea, picked from the terrace. The Welsh cobbles form an enticing path, leading staff and visitors from the sun terrace, down through the greenery and old walls and under the garden’s canopy. It is here that the garden opens up, guiding people down the path, around the raised Betula szechuanica and past the reflection of another water bowl that catches light from the void through the middle of the building. Here, the greenhouse is partially covered by two Pinus nigra that form a cover for the petite Liriodendron tulipifera, hiding the backdrop of the hospital. The greenhouse is planted with tomatoes, runner beans, iceberg lettuce and peas, all donated by the centre’s visitors and staff.

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DURING

1R  aked gravel indicates different paths beneath the building ©Jasmin Sohi

REFERENCES Garden landscape construction

Main contractor

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www.fparkinson.co.uk

Jon Jarvis, Hultons Landscapes

F Parkinson Ltd

Landscape design

Architecture

www.pottedandplanted.com

www.drmm.co.uk

dRMM & Rupert Muldoon

Alex de Rijke, dRMM

2M  aggie’s is named in honour of the late Maggie Keswick Jencks 3A  water bowl creates a point of light, drawing people into the space 4A  balcony along the south side of the building provides a tranquil place to sit outside ©Alex de Rijke

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Some Key Design Features on Grasshopper zero-turn mowers are:

• Built Tough, • Unmatched Comfort, • Supreme Quality of Cut, • Implements to Handle Just About Any Grounds Maintenance Job Year-Round, • Low Maintenance, •Genuine OEM Parts

Some of the long term benefits of Grasshopper Mower Diesel engines as opposed to the petrol engines currently on our market are that these diesel mowers deliver double the power with half the fuel input compared to petrol powered mowers, providing substantial cost savings and drastically lowering the emissions rate per hour of use. Readers can request a Clean Diesel booklet fot more detailed information. For more information contact Lawnmower Clinic Pretoria. www.lawnmowerclinic.co.za or visit www.grasshoppermower.co.za

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INTERVIEWS

GR E G HEATHCOTE-M A R KS

K A R L SU T C L IF F E

Owner and landscaper at Hedgehogs landscaping

Chairman of Guild of Landscape Designers

What is your favourite landscaped area in South Africa? The Green Point Urban Park. I just love the biodiversity garden, the labyrinth, the play areas and the plant layout. It’s a brilliant piece of work and an asset to our beautiful city.

What is your favourite landscaped area in South Africa? Without a doubt the breath-taking edible gardens of Babylonstoren.

How is Sustainability embedded into your business practices? Its a massive factor for us, especially with the severe drought we are experiencing. We specialize in wind tolerant and drought resistant landscapes that look beautiful all year round. What is one item you cannot live a day without? Unfortunately my phone. I’m on the road most of the day and use it for banking and emails, as well as staying in constant touch with my site managers. Who/What is your biggest professional influence and why? My grandfather, Laurie Wale. He was a marvel. Thought outside of the box, balanced a very successful business and sports career and always conducted himself with dignity and poise. What is the moto that you live by? Your life can change for the better in 24hrs. Positive thinking always manifests positive change. One piece of advice for the landscaping industry? Think sustainability, be water conscious and constantly reinvent. Top Plant? Portulacaria Afra- this plant absorbs more carbon than any other plant in the world, hardly needs any water and is edible. It has medicinal qualities too!

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How is Sustainability embedded into your business practices? From the perspective of GoLD I am always focused on mentoring and encouraging new landscapers that focus on incorporating new sustainable technologies, in terms of landscaping I am constantly looking for ways of any methods that leave our environment in a better state going into the future. What is one item you cannot live a day without? Secateurs and increasingly I have to admit my cell-phone. Who/What is your biggest professional influence and why? The Students I have been able to lecture, they remind me that it is a wonderful and amazing thing that I do and just constantly inject new vigour into the passion I have for my work. What is the moto that you live by? Love what you do every day or find a way to change it. One piece of advice for the landscaping industry? To keep improving and moving forward in the green industry we need to make use of the skills and knowledge that is out there, the more we establish and maintain a growing network of people we can lean on the better we can all become. Top Plant? Limonium perezii, somehow I always find place for some in every garden!

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FEATURE

OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT An increasing number of public parks & commercial spaces are installing outdoor gym equipment to the benefit of both the parks and locals, promoting healthy living to communities and increasing community involvement. Here are some of SA’s leading suppliers to this active movement in outdoor space.

WORLD OUTDOOR FITNESS’ 6TH GENERATION OF OUTDOOR GYMS World Outdoor Fitness™ (WOF) is again at the forefront of outdoor gyms in SA, launching the exclusive and technologically advanced 6th generation of outdoor gyms.

GREEN AIR EQUIPMENT Green Air Equipment is a diverse company whose motto is to encourage a healthy lifestyle while promoting green living. Their fitness equipment and rubber flooring products are suited for various outdoor applications. Green air’s products & services are ideal for facilities and usage in: Sport Playground, Offices, Entertainment Areas, Children Playgrounds, Gyms, Colleges, Parks, Golf Courses, Hotels, Lodges, Residential Complexes, Private Homes & schools. Pictured here is the Pull Chair. Based on lifting approximately 30% of the user’s body weight, this machine gives a great upper body workout for all abilities. Strengthens chest, shoulders, upper and mid abs, forearms, and triceps. Tightens core muscle groups. This is a product recommended for projects that require outdoor gyms. www.greenair.co.za

Over the years WOF has accumulated significant experience and knowledge regarding the outdoor gym industry and products within the unique South African market investing heavily in R&D to give their clients the best, low cost, low maintenance and vandal proof product. Their efforts have culminated in the newly designed 6th generation line of outdoor gym equipment that tackles the challenges of the existing 5th generation, as conveyed by their clients. World Outdoor Fitness™ offers CAD drawings, layout design and 3D modelling to help their clients plan and visualize their outdoor gym circuit. The Outdoor Gym 6th generation brings you some of the most durable outdoor gym in the market to date.www.outdoorgym.co.za

ZIOBER OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED EXCLUSIVELY BY ECO GRASS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD With a variety of products ranging from special needs citizens to children and adults, these outdoor fitness systems tick all the boxes. The children’s range is designed for kids by Engineers and Physical Educators. This equipment is safe, durable and can be installed in all kinds of spaces, making it an excellent choice for schools, crèches, clubs, parks and recreational areas. The Adult equipment meets the needs of different ages and abilities, it provides more intense work-outs and triggers muscles and joints, developing motor coordination, flexibility, agility, balance, strength and cardiorespiratory fitness. The Special Needs equipment is ergonomically designed for wheelchair users and meets the daily independence needs of those who wants to exercise and live a healthier life and increases handling capacity, physical and mental wellbeing. There is also a Senior Outdoor Gym Range, designed to provide light and low impact exercises such as stretching and strengthening of all muscle groups. www.ecograss.co.za 52

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ELLIPTICAL CROSS TRAINER BY GREEN OUTDOOR GYMS The elliptical cross trainer may be used to recreate stair climbing, walking, or running without causing excessive pressure to the joints, subsequently removing the risk of impact injuries. Elliptical trainers have a non-impact heart workout that can shift from light to high intensity based on the pace of the exercise and resistance preference set by the user. Elliptical trainers work mostly on the upper and lower body of the user. In spite of the elliptical trainer being considered to be a minimal-impact, they are a form of a weight-bearing exercise. They are self-powered by user-generated movement. An elliptical cross trainer is comparable to a treadmill in its exertion of leg muscles and the heart. www.greenoutdoorgyms.co.za

THE CLIMBER SERIES BY MODULAR PLAY SYSTEMS Designed to meet the SABS playground safety standard, the Modular Play Systems Climber Series playgrounds are made proudly in South Africa. These play systems are made using the latest hi tech materials and manufacturing techniques to ensure a European quality finish. With Polytec PE panels for climbers, Hi-tensile soft touch chain cargo nets, heavy duty eco rubber coated components and cast aluminium hand grips. These systems are designed tough for SA conditions at an affordable price. With play features designed by children’s play experts, these new playgrounds challenge both gross as well as fine motor skills in a safe and fun environment. www.modularplaysystemsint.co.za

MICROZONE TRADING 980 MicroZone Trading offers fantastic gym equipment and play systems for all ages. Setting up gym equipment in green spaces provides people of all ages with opportunities to take part in physical activity in an attractive environment, which is associated with positive outcomes for physical and mental health. Participants believe that outdoor gyms are: Easy accessible to them, Beneficial for their health & Enjoyable to use. MicroZone Trading guarantees quality in all their products. This is because every product and project is personally overseen by their team of highly experienced and qualified personnel. Every aspect from sourcing material and suppliers to quality checks and personalized service delivery will ensure quality at every turn. Pictured here are MicroZone trading products in application at the American International School, Johannesburg. www.microzonetrading980.co.za

GYM AFRICA’S EXERCISE EQUIPMENT Gym Africa supplies professional exercise equipment to Universities, Corporate clients, Government departments, Commercial gyms, Hospitality industry, Health Spas, Residential Estates and private individuals. The evolution has seen more sophisticated body-weight machines develop with design requiring users to be more physical in use and a whole new form of fitness has evolved requiring more gymnastic strength which has greater appeal to the active and younger markets. The next generation which is here now is safe exercise replicating actual strength and muscle building machines used in an indoor gym. The Blue Sky 3-station (BS-3) outdoor gym unit is ideal in any environment either as a stand alone unit offering most upper body exercises to compliment a larger gym layout, as part of a jogging or walking path or as a multi-use exercise station in a small low-density environment such as a B&B or boutique hotel. This unit has the two ends offering different levels of difficulty in all pressing /pushing and pulling exercises. The middle is a multi-grip chin up bar. This unit works well with the 2-station (BS-2) which has abdominal exercises. www.gymafrica.co.za

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