Show how green your love is this Valentine’s Day by enjoying some of the City’s urban parks, cycle lanes and heritage facilities with the ones you love, in the city you love.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) recently bestowed on Cape Town the accolade of being South Africa’s Earth Hour Capital as a reward for our efforts of travelling on the road to sustainability. Everyone has the chance to express their support for Cape Town through the WWF’s ‘We Love Cities’ social media campaign.
‘We ask residents to embrace the natural beauty of this loveable city by enjoying a picnic in our scenic surrounds and specifically in Cape Town’s nature reserves, urban parks and heritage sites. These areas are perfect spots for couples to enjoy and for friends and families to spend quality time with each other,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Garreth Bloor.
Couples and families can take the MyCiTi bus to enjoy a relaxing early evening in the Biodiversity Showcase Garden at the Green Point Urban Park which offers pristine picnic facilities, or they can cycle along the city’s cycling paths, ending off with sundowners in the park.
Residents can spread the love in the City’s heritage-rich areas, such as the Company’s Garden, Arderne Gardens in Claremont, Wynberg Park, Maynardville Park and De Waal Park.
There are several nature reserves which stretch across the city that are also perfect spots where residents can picnic and embrace the natural beauty right on the doorstep of their neighbourhoods. These areas include the Rondevlei Section at the False Bay Nature Reserve; the Durbanville Nature Reserve; and the Tygerberg Nature Reserve.
Those who prefer the ocean can visit one of Cape Town’s unspoilt beaches for a sunset picnic. One of the best-kept secrets is the Eerste Steen Beach in the City’s Blaawberg Nature Reserve or the old faithful St James Beach which is one of the smaller beaches along the False Bay coastline. The heritage-rich Muizenberg Beach has been enjoyed by generations of Capetonians coming together to express their love for the natural beauty of Cape Town.
For many more options, please visit www.capetowngreenmap.co.za.
Residents are urged to show how much they love their city this Valentine’s Day by voting for Cape Town at www.welovecities.org/capetown, by tweeting using #welovecapetown and by posting photos or videos on Instagram.
Share a photo on Instagram or Twitter of you on 14 February 2014 celebrating love with a low carbon footprint. Use #welovecapetown and #vday to enter. If your photo gets the most likes or retweets, you could win a solar water heater for your home from one of the City’s accredited service providers. Get all the details and discover other ways to show that your love is green on www.welovecapetown.org.