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Landmark trees here to stay

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  Parel_Vallei_Eucalyptus_Trees-tThe magnificent avenue of eucalyptus trees in Parel Vallei Road that has become a significant feature and landmark in the Somerset West community is set to remain so. This good news emerged on Thursday during a presentation by Stellenbosch arborist Riaan van Zyl, to Sub-council 8 on the current status and planned future for these majestic trees.

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Serene sunset

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  This tranquil view of False Bay and the coastal mountains was sent in by Bolander reader Louise van Rensburg, who headed down to the beach once all the holiday-makers had left, and peace and quiet returned after the festive season drew to a close.  For the couple who had placed their deck-chairs in the softly lapping waves, this was a perfect way to cool off while taking in the last of the day’s light.

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Due recognition

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  chloebolton-tBoland schools were among the 20 that raked in awards for achieving top results in the Western Cape National Senior Certificate (NSC) 2013. Held at Leeuwenhof on Tuesday January 14, and hosted by Premier Helen Zille and Education MEC Donald Grant, the award ceremony acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of pupils and schools that excelled academically.

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Rain puts question mark over wine harvest crop

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  Mixed_Reactions02-tIt’s been a pretty dismal season for winegrowers in the Western Cape Winelands, according to Tokara cellar master Miles Mossop. The recent unseasonal rains, widespread throughout most wine growing regions, has raised fears of diseases like downy mildew, powdery mildew and botrytis, causing damage to the 2014 harvest.>

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Landscapes 2014

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The festive season may be over, but reasons to celebrate abound – and with the surge of energy a new year invariably brings, we are looking forward to sharing with our readers all the splendid opportunities in the Boland and Helderberg, and just beyond.

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Hathersage: who should decide

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hathersag-me Norman McFarlane A proposed upmarket residential development which includes a substantial private school, on Hathersage Farm – bordering Gordon Road in Somerset West, has raised mixed feelings among the surrounding community. Guillaume Nel Environmental Consultants of Paarl has been appointed to conduct the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project, which is as yet in its early stages.

The project came to the attention of Bolander, when residents living on Gordon Road and in Rome Glen expressed concern about the magnitude of the project, and its potential impact on the Lourens River, which passes right through the centre of the proposed development. The concern arises because the Lourens River has been declared a protected area in terms of the Protected Areas Act (Act 57 of 2003), the only river in the country to be accorded the status.

Speaking telephonically to Bolander on Thursday, Somerset West environmental conservation consultant Gerald Wright – who serves on the board of the Lourens River Protected Area Management Advisory Committee – expressed his concern about the proximity of the proposed development to the flood lines of the Lourens River, noting that with the two recent floods that have occurred in the Helderberg Basin in the last six months, residential developments as close to the river as planned, could well be under serious threat of flooding.

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