Introducing the Ezulwini Urban Garden

PELUM Eswatini has embarked on another venture in developing an Urban Garden in Ezulwini. This concept began in 2018 when it first started in Mbabane.
Recently about almost 30 volunteers braved the heat to remove Invasive Alien Plant Species (IAPS) at the new Urban Garden site in Ezulwini.

This initiative was organized by the PELUM secretariat in partnership with Ezulwini Town Council, and the Forestry Department under the Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Affairs. Member Organizations that took part in the activity included Tenvelo, Green Living Movement, Du Green, Swaziland Homeopathy Project (SHP), and one of our partners, the SNPAS project.

Fig1.1: Forestry Department under the Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Affairs ( Mr. M. Nxumalo )

The Ezulwini community welcomed the project as it will have a huge impact on the Ezulwini in addressing challenges of food security in different households and that was reiterated by the Ezulwini Town Council CEO Mr. Matsebula. The purpose of the project is to promote Eco – Sustainability, and Agroecology. The initial plan of the garden is to establish demonstration plots, a classroom where Agroecology and Permaculture shall be the main focus of training, a disability garden, indigenous fruit trees that are suitable for the climatic conditions of Ezulwini.

Fig.1.2: Du Green cutting an invasive plant

The Ezulwini Municipal Council showed up in numbers in the first step to the development of the first Ezulwini Urban Garden. The aim of the project is for the Ezulwini community to have access to Agroecology and permaculture practices that can be practiced at the comfort of your home.