Magic Forest

The Hermanus Cliff Path Management Group and volunteers planted 37 indigenous trees in Piet se Bos milkwood forest. A little-known corner of the forest, overgrown with alien trees such as figs, had been cleared – except for the kikuyu grass. A small band of enthusiastic ‘foresters’ filled in the gap with milkwoods, camphor and false ironwoods. As they grow the shady canopy will eventually clear the kikuyu infestation. What a magical place, hemmed in by sandstone cliffs on one side, the forest all around and a wetland to boot. Once the trees are well established and no longer vulnerable, we’ll tell the rest of the world how to find it!