The Castle of Good Hope project started early 2015 and is a 21 month long project.
It involves replacing all the lawns on the bastions, parapet walls and external moat banks. The work consists of removing a 300mm layer of soil from all lawn areas that are mostly found on the Castle’s roof. It is a very labour intensive project. To date we have carted 1300m³ of topsoil from site. This all happens by means of mechanical lifts and shoots. Thereafter these areas were replenished with new fertile compost. Our sister company New Horizen is currently busy growing Buffalo sprigs that will be planted from March 2016. The outside walls of the castle also needs to be cleared from any alien vegetation and weeds. Currently the castle bastions are being watered by hand and we are in the process of investigating the possibility of using water from the moats to install an automatic irrigation system that will work more efficiently and keep the lawn in a better condition.
The project needs to be completed by next year September after which the castle will host the Cape Town flower show. We are excited to be part of the renovations of such an historical icon in Cape Town.
Information provided by Wikus Jordaan of Urban Landscapes Solutions