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- A Seat with a View: The Robertson Memorial BenchPiero and Hillary Celebrating the Christening of ‘The Roberston Bench’ at Worlds View Dear Piero and Hillary, On behalf of the National Trust of Zimbabwe, I would like to thank you for your most generous donation which has more than covered the cost of constructing the newly-completed ‘Robertson Bench’. Bench under construction ...
- A Weekend of Celebrations: 60th Anniversary of the Trust at La RochelleAs part of its on-going 60th Anniversary celebrations 3 National Trust representatives, namely Gill Honeyman, Guy Cary and Lin Goncalves attended a wonderful, and exceptionally well organised event held at La Rochelle Country House on Saturday 31ST October 2020.The documentary film, presented by Robbie Honey (see previous post), was projected on the tower ...
- La Rochelle: Join Robbie Honey on a delightful journey around the Botanical Gardens and Learn about the Fascinating Courtauld Historyhttps://vimeo.com/468854262 The Trust is thrilled to share with you a video entitled: ‘La Rochelle: Robbie Honey’ that enjoyed its premier screening at the recent Trust’s 60th birthday celebrations held at La Rochelle where it was projected against the French style tower with a full moon behind. Robbie, Floral Designer, Lecturer and Author of ‘The Accidental Botanist: The ...
- Exciting news: NTZ Auction on Saturday 31st October 2020 at La RochelleThis very beautiful ORIGINAL watercolor painting of La Rochelle by Zimbabwe’s well-renowned Margi Grobelaar is going to be AUCTIONED on Saturday 31st October AT La Rochelle, during the 60th BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS. This auction will help raise funds for the National Trust of Zimbabwe. If you wish to take part in the auction from afar, we can ...
- Far from the Madding CrowdMike Garden, of Softrite, recently visited La Rochelle Country House and we are pleased to share his feedback from his stay: Hi All Softrite still has quite a few loyal payroll customers in Manicaland so I drive down to Mutare from time to time to pay them a courtesy call to see if they need any enhancements ...
- The Hon. Mangaliso Ndlovu visits the Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition.It was a real honor for the Trust to host The Hon. Mangaliso Ndlovu, Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry last week. The Hon. Minister was attending a conference at the Rhodes Nyanga hotel and decided to visit the Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition during his trip to the Eastern Highlands. Mr Marshall Nyanhanda, the ...
- The Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition featured in this Tourism Lookout videoWe have much pleasure in sharing a video produced by ‘The Tourist Lookout’ that featured the Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition whist they were travelling around and highlighting the best ‘hidden tourist gems’ of the Eastern Highlands. The video shows Marshall Nyanhanda, the Curator showing the team around and being interviewed. Please Enjoy and share.
- Birthday Celebrations at 2,100 metresThe National Trust of Zimbabwe (NTZ) celebrated its 60th birthday on 26th August 2020 in a very special place called ‘Worlds View ‘(a NTZ site) located on the western edge of the Nyanga escarpment right next to the magnificent Mount Nyamatoro. It is one of the most spectacular destinations for domestic and international tourists in ...
We are very pleased to share the latest good news about our: La Rochelle Garden Restoration Project
We have made good progress on the restoration of the Dell garden this year. Many of our guests that have come to the garden, have commented on its transformation over the last couple of years. I find that it is once again the main attraction for guests who come to La Rochelle. The beauty of being involved in a project such as this, is seeing what was accomplished last year blossom into something people can enjoy today.
Mr Kevin Martin, Estate Manager
The Nursery and Orchid Centre that was refurbished last year is looking better and better with each month that passes. Koi fish have been bought for one of the ponds and goldfish for another. The goldfish have started breading and we will be able to stock other ponds from this. We have completed the toilet block at the Nursery. This has wheel chair access and has drinking water for garden visitors. The orchids have done well this year since the houses have been restored. The greatest impact is seen on the Phalaenopsis and Cattleya that are in the glass and heated houses. We have been inviting schools and orphanages to visit and be taught basic knowledge on plants and trees.
See photos below of Nursery and Orchid Centre
We have made good progress on the restoration of the Dell garden this year. Many of our guests that have come to the garden, have commented on its transformation over the last couple of years. I find that it is once again the main attraction for guests who come to La Rochelle. The beauty of being involved in a project such as this, is seeing what was accomplished last year blossom into something people can enjoy today. I
Hillcrest School grade 5 Riverside School grade 1 and 2
Restoration of the Dell
This year we have been working on the Dell. To help in doing this we have rebuilt the tractor trailer. This has been most helpful on the project and other areas of La Rochelle.
The Aloe and Cycad Garden
In the aloe and cycad garden we have removed many trees that had come up in amongst the aloes and were over shading them. Unfortunately this damaged many of the Aloes. The damaged plants have been used as our propagation material for replanting. The underground irrigation has also been repaired. We have mulched this whole area to improve water retention and the soils and will be replanting this area with the coming rains.
Aloes and Cycads cleared of weeds and mulched
Area around the dam
We have built a bridge to the island where we have placed a bench. It’s a lovely quiet place to go sit and watch the birds. We also restored the row boat for use on the dam. This has been an entertaining addition to our activities. Since January we have started feeding the fish in the dam. We hope that we will be able to offer fishing as an activity soon. We have repaired the retaining walls that were collapsing on the steep banks around the dam. Soil retaining plants have been planted on the banks in large swathes that we hope will give quite a good impression. The dam is still leaking badly when it gets over three quarters full. We have had the water engineer that advised using the plastic membrane originally, come and look at it. He has advised that it will not be too difficult to repair and explained how to do it, we are working on a quote to repair it.
Work started on repairing the paving through the garden. We estimate that there is about 9km of paving throughout the garden and we have completed about a quarter of it so far. We are reusing as much of the existing paving as possible but are also relaying new concrete in sections.
Benches and Dustbins
There were no dustbins in the garden and rubbish has always been a problem. We made 18 new metal dustbins and placed them through the garden.
The existing benches were refurbished and new ones were made bringing the total to 26. We also used logs, from trees that were removed from the garden, to make natural benches.
We have rebuilt the gazebo at the top of the garden. The size was increased so that the area inside was practical. A view has been opened up along the river and this is now a favourite spot for visitors. Gardens in this area will be replanted with the coming rains.
There were a lot of dead trees and branches that we have removed most of now. Trees have been removed where they were overshadowing other rare trees. This has allowed a lot of much needed light in.
We have repaired two of the four lines of underground piping and garden taps on this side of the garden. These get water from the water furrow. As a backup, we have also made allowance to connect them to the borehole water supply.
A lot of shrubs and ground covers have been propagated in the nursery. These we have collected from people in Mutare who have kindly opened up their gardens for to us to collect planting material from. We eagerly await the rains when we can begin replanting the garden.
Thank you to the hardworking and very dedicated Estate Manager and all his team, all of the restoration was only made possible by a very generous donor that the NTZ is enourmously appreciative of.
We are very pleased to announce that publication of a very comprehensive booklet entitiled “Nyanga’s Rich Heritage”by Khami Press, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The booklet has been co-edited by Mrs Edone Anne Logan, Chairperson of the NTZ Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition, and Mr Robert Burrett, Archeologist and Historian, who spent a considerable amount of time compiling the information. The main aims of this booklet are to inform Zimbabweans and overseas visitors on the many and varied aspects of the rich natural and social heritage of this area, and through knowledge and interest encourage a sense of pride and a wish to preserve this heritage. It is the authors hope that the booklet, which includes many historical black and white photographs, will serve as a historical reference for those interested in Nyanga – particularly the early pre-history period. Proceeds from sales of the booklet will assist with generating funds for the Rhodes Nyanga Exhibition where it will be sold.
The booklet has 100 A5 pages, the contents include the following chapter headings:
- Nyanga : our home
- Our Natural Heritage
- Our Archeological Heritage
- Community History
- The Anti-Colonial Struggle
- The Nyanga National Park
- Some Nyanga Hotels : a little History
- Nyanga Churches and Missions
- Driving to Nyanga: a Roadside Guide for the Visitor. The latter a detailed description of the way from Rusape to beyond Nyanga town.
The booklet is available at the cost of USD$5.00 from the following people:
- Nyanga: Edone Ann Logan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +263774459477
- Edgar Nyagwaya Email: email@example.com Tel: +263772974681
- Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition
- Nyanga National Parks Office
- Rhodes Hotel and Montclair Hotel
- La Rochelle Boutique Hotel
- Harare: Dave Scott Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +263772572966
- The bookshop at the Hub, Chisipite
- Rosanne Kenny Email: email@example.com Tel: +263772328193
- Bulawayo: Rob Burrett Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Rob Burret is also the author of a series of cultural and social hisotical booklets that are all available from the at the same cost USD$5.00 each:
- Nyanga’s Rich Heritage
- Khami World Heritage Site
- Great Zimbabwe
- Bulawayo Heritage (Focus on the town)
- Ironspine & Ribs (History of Rhodesian Railways & NRZ)
- Bulawayo Memories (Focus on regional monuments and historical places)
Postage Rates for the booklets from Zimbabwe is as follows:
- Southern Africa $3.50
- UK & Europe $5.00
- Rest of the World $6.50 (Australia, New Zealand, USA, Asia)
- Zimbabwe $1.00
Subject to rates applicable. Please confirm first with Rob Burrett on email@example.com
New Travel Article posted
Please see link below for a recent review of La Rochelle Country House Estate compiled by a travel writer:
World Heritage Day: 18th April
World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. Protecting and preserving this valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.
On 18 April 1982 on the occasion of a symposium organised by ICOMOS in Tunisia, the holding of the “International Day for Monuments and Sites” to be celebrated simultaneously throughout the world was suggested. This project was approved by the Executive Committee who provided practical suggestions to the National Committees on how to organise this day.
The idea was also approved by the UNESCO General Conference who passed a resolution at its 22nd session in November 1983 recommending that Member States examine the possibility of declaring 18 April each year “International Monuments and Sites Day”. This has been traditionally called the World Heritage Day and it affords an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it.
As part of this years heritage celebrations The new Chairman, Dame Fiona Reynolds, gave a lecture on the threats and opportunities facing heritage across the globe and you can read it here:
You can also read the INTO State of Global Heritage report here:
“The long-term sustainability of cultural heritage depends on ensuring its use and developing local support. Without heritage being valued and protected, it will become irrelevant and disappear.”
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