Company's Garden goes back to its roots

ct Vegetable Garden 8553 done INLSA GARDEN VARIETY: Work has started on a vegetable garden in the Companys Garden, an official World Design Capital project that aims to showcase green initiatives and encourage visitors to start urban farms. Photo: Jeffrey Abrahams

Metro Writer

WORK has started on a World Design Capital vegetable garden in the Company’s Garden, which the city hopes will encourage entrepreneurship and promote green initiatives.

This year the spotlight falls on Cape Town to showcase design concepts as the official World Design Capital 2014.

The urban vegetable garden is among more than 400 projects to feature as official World Design Capital projects.

Last year the city rolled out free wi-fi in the Company’s Garden to improve internet connectivity for people visiting the public space.

The garden was established soon after the Dutch East India Company colonised the Cape in 1652 to serve as a halfway station between Europe and the East.

Mayco member for community services Belinda Walker said:

“The city is committed to showcasing the historical origins of the Company’s Garden as a food-producing garden. (It) is a defining feature of Cape Town and we want to develop its potential as a cultural and historical destination, as well as a beautiful green space.”

The city hopes the project will spur interest in food gardens and urban agriculture, and educate school groups on the medicinal and nutritional value of fresh herbs and vegetables. The project also aims to encourage corporates to develop roof and vertical gardens and inspire tourists to invest in greening projects.

The Company’s Garden restaurant area is also set for a facelift, with plans to develop a children’s adventure and fantasy play-park in a portion of the current seating area.


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