Mtunzini Conservancy began its early life twenty years
ago as the Arboretum Committee which was formed to
advise the local municipality on 'green' issues and
to rid the town of alien plant invaders. One of the
first projects it undertook was to remove the many
stands of gum trees (Eucalyptus
species) which had been left abandoned around Mtunzini.
So successful was the clearing and rehabilitation
of these areas that the programme became the model
for urban alien plant eradication programmes around
the country and the Conservancy was awarded a top
honour for conservation by the Natal Parks Board.
Mtunzini had an unfair advantage in having been guided
in this quest by conservation pioneer and neighbouring
farmer Dr Ian Garland and today the avenues of indigenous
trees - which are a hallmark of the village - are
an unmarked memorial to the selfless work of this
far-sighted early visionary.