Photo contest and festival at Bracken Reserve

White and yellow daisies are springing to life in the city. They can also be seen flourishing across an open space in Railway Road in Kuils River.

The Friends of Bracken Nature Reserve, in a bid to encourage more visitors to the reserve in Brackenfell, is launching a photographic competition.

Visitors to the reserve, which has no entry fee, can post their entries on the Friends Facebook page in the guest posting section.

Alan Wood, committee member of the Friends of Bracken Reserve, said the competition’s first round of judging will be held on Tuesday November 15, which coincides with the Friends’ last meeting of the year. The competition is open to all with the only criteria being that all photos must be taken within the reserve.

“It’s not about technical aspects of photography but includes anything that is eye-catching whether it’s a family picnic or flowers or birds or anything you see in the reserve,” says Mr Wood.

Northern News will be publishing some of the award-winning photos at the end of the year. To enter go to

* The Friends of Bracken invites potential stall holders to sell their wares at the Spring Day Festival on Heritage Day, Saturday September 24, from 9am until 4pm, at Bracken Nature Reserve.

Potential craft or food stall holders should contact Corne van Zyl on 083 232 2014 or or Alan Wood on 083 287 1676 or for more information.

The reserve is at 2 Reservoir Street, Brackenfell. Call 021 444 7545 or Thea at 021 982 3654.

* The annual spring flowers making their appearance in various public open spaces and open tracts of land within the city sometimes causes contention on whether the areas should be mowed, or whether the wild flowers should be left undisturbed for the enjoyment of residents.

“Cape Town has been experiencing winter with periods of warm weather, which promotes the germination and the rapid growth of many species of wild flowers and grasses,” said said Mayco member for community services, Anda Ntsodo.

Many residents and visitors to the areas where the flowers occur contend that they should be left untouched and not mowed until the seeds have ripened and dropped.

“The Parks department normally curtails the mowing of certain areas during the flowering period to allow them to bloom. Parks managers try to find a happy medium, weighing up their knowledge of the relevant areas and demands of the public in achieving a compromise,” he said.

For any queries about uncut grass in parks and on pavements call 021 400 9538.