Die Oog – a conservation area in Bergvliet

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Die Oog is a natural spring or “eye” around which a dam was built 250 years ago.  Not only is “Die Oog” a sanctuary for birds and amphibia and indigenous trees and shrubs, it is also a great sanctuary for humans to take time out and soak up the beauty of the area.

Many a time I walked from my home in Kreupelbosch with my children and sat on the grass for an hour or two, watching all the activity around us.  I found this an educational place for my children and an important lesson in protecting the local heritage for generations to come.

The City of Cape Town and the Bergvliet and Meadowridge Ratepayers Association provided benches, fences and planted shrubs and trees and The Friends of Die Oog were formed to help look after the site.

Die Oog website is also sponsored by the Lions Club of Bergvliet.

A set of eight pictorial letter cards with envelopes depicting aspects of Die Oog are produced and sold by Friends of Die Oog to fund ongoing maintenance – certainly in my estimation a worth while cause to support.

Sources:  www.dieoog.org.za and www.dieoog.org.za/history.html

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