October 7, 2015

Land Restoration Farmers Day: Practical Rehabilitation, A Picture Story

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Eroded Area View 1

View 2
Eroded Area View 2

Digging of trenches
Digging of Trenches

Digging of holes
Digging of holes (for restoring of vegetation)

Measurements of trench
Final Measurements taken of trench

 Inserting
Inserting barrier

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Pinning of barrier

Materials
Materials used for stabilizing the soil.

Mulch
Mulch/compost delivered to fill holes for vegetation

 vegetation holes
Holes filled with bulky dried vegetation to assist in drainage

 Final prep
Vegetation holes preparation

Overview
Overview of progression

Overview 2
Overview of progression 2

Stablising soil
Stabilising soil in exposed areas by pinning down a top layer.

Area with vegatation
Area revegetated with natural vegitation

Final with vegetation
Area now revegetated

Outcome
New state of eroded area after the exercise

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