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WANGARI Maathai was a force of nature, and her memory will live on in the many trees planted and lives changed through her determination.

CITY Parks scooped the Green Collar Training Award and AgriSETA National Excellence Award in September in recognition of their efforts to develop skills and create employment, especially among the youth.

THE city's heavy ecological footprint as well as tensions between economic and human development and the use of natural resources were discussed at the first session of Johannesburg's Growth and Development Strategy week.

STUDENTS from the Leeuwkop Prison School celebrated Arbor Day by helping Johannesburg City Parks workers to plant 67 Jacket Plum trees in Sunninghill.

LOOK at Joburg through green-tinted lenses; take a picture and send it to City Parks. There will be monthly winners and a coffee table book.

DURING the GDS2040 themed week on the environment, ways will be sought to mitigate climate change, preserve natural resources, fight pollution and protect the environment.

ON World Parks Day, City Parks will be out and about cleaning up and rehabilitating open spaces and facilities in its care, tying in nicely with the Clean City Campaign.

THE South Africa Bird Atlas Project 2 running at Delta Park is mapping Joburg’s birdlife. It is so successful, its mapping and grid system has been adopted internationally.

THE old Braamfontein Cemetery, filled with the city’s founders and freedom fighters, as well as ordinary citizens, reigns supreme as the grand old dame of Johannesburg’s cemeteries.

EVERY person has been urged to plant a tree during Arbor Week, with a particular focus on bridging the green divide between Joburg's northern and southern parts.

SPRING is in the air, when thoughts often turn to cleaning. With this in mind, Pikitup is holding a Clean-up Day, and is asking Joburgers to help.

THE Newclare Cemetery is the final resting place of leaders and ordinary people alike. It is also where the Walter Sisulu Memorial Garden is found.

WATERVAL Cemetery was Joburg's first new burial space in about a quarter of a century, allowing people in the north to bury their dead closer to home.

CALLING all enviro heroes: City Parks wants you. Nominations are open for this year’s Environmental Awards, in which people or groups are recognised for their greening efforts.

WITH funds raised by Friends of Golden Harvest Park, a wheelchair ramp was added to the reserve, allowing more people to enjoy its facilities.

AMID the concrete jungle there is an escape from the hooting of cars and the roaring of taxis, a place for sport or simply a bit of relaxation. Attwell Gardens Park has opened for play.

FOUR online surveys have been set up to get feedback from the public on what City Parks is doing right and where it can improve.

GET out your house and down to a Bok Town for all the match action – the Springbok World Cup matches will be broadcast live at Township TV sites.

QUALITY of life was a defining notion coming out of a mass discussion during the GDS2040 Liveable Cities Week, with people bringing up housing, amenities and transport.

AWARDS for excellence were handed out to delighted tractor drivers, chainsaw operators, brush cutters and other City Parks employees.

IN the past decade, visitor numbers to the zoo have almost doubled, thanks in large part to marketing and education efforts. The woman behind it all has been recognised for her work.

SPREAD across a koppie, with beautiful views of the highveld, the Diepsloot Memorial Park marries landscaping with indigenous flora to create a tranquil and beautiful burial spot.

GREEN DRINKS brings together anyone interested in the environment, from the head of the vegan society to the green banker, the green mechanical engineer, and everyone between.

The pavement outside the Mandela home in Houghton was spruce up with colourful flowers and painted pots as a birthday gift to Madiba. Messages to Nelson Mandela were written on white pebbles and placed in the garden.

CITY PARKS made sure that Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday was a day to remember.

JOHANNESBURG is a better place on the night of Nelson Mandela Day – people from all walks of life have pitched in the help where they can, cleaning, planting and singing.

TREES are being planted in Alexandra and Soweto for Nelson Mandela Day, which this year marks his 93rd birthday. Community members and local learners are helping.

Every year Joburg City Parks plants a tree on Nelson Mandela Day in honour of his extraordinary commitment to society. On 18 July 2011 Executive Mayor Parks Tau planted the 93rd tree in the Mandela Peace Orchard in Thokoza Park.

Ululations filled the air in Thokoza Park, Soweto, on 18 July 2011 as people sang happy birthday and praises to Nelson Mandela. Executive Mayor Parks Tau urged those present to reflect on the contribution Madiba made towards the betterment of humanity.

WINTER has come down with a vengeance, and with the icy weather heating costs have risen, while stoves are doing overtime making warming soups and stews.