Kathy Fish is the project’s driving force, and you’ll see the sign “We are on the verge today” when she and her team work every Wednesday.
The project was inspired when Kathy noticed the beautiful verges between Robertson and Ashton: “We live in paradise, and our verges were such an eyesore. I mentioned it to a friend and she said: ‘Stop talking about it and do something’.”
On The verge has been gardening the verges of Noordhoek since 2013, and without fail we are somewhere to be seen on a Wednesday, clearing, planting, pruning or weeding, along the roadsides in Noordhoek.
This summer we had 4 guys in the team and we really saw a difference in how many verges could be attended to in a day. Sadly the incredibly hot and windy summer has taken its toll on some of our gardens and the final demise of my clapped out trailer has meant that carrying water to the gardens has been impossible. You may have seen us carrying water around in our wheelie–bin from time to time! Please can I ask those of you who live near to or know a friend that lives next to one of our gardens to help with watering. It is so often only the 3 months; Dec – March that are critical.
The Common Committee helps with umpteen loads of manure & mulch delivered and the use of a weed-eater always available. We also were really grateful for the beautiful trees that council delivered to us that are now planted along the common verges and further up Main Rd.
Painting the historic road verge bridges, digging and planting new flower beds, helping to clear the overgrown horse paths, planting roadside trees, tending to roadside gardens – All because we love it and we love seeing the space being enjoyed by all.