Theme 6: Stewardship of the natural environment

The course required the students to have a direct engagement with the natural environment by visiting at least one park, green space or nature reserve. A number of student excursions were conducted by myself with the help of an expert guide. During the visit to the site, the students were asked to keep a journal and record their personal observations as well as identify the fauna and flora of the area. These notes were to inform their blog posts about the site visit.

A selection of the students’ blogs can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

Ashlyn Atkinson

Zerista Badenhorst

Teresa Bestbier

Joandre Botha

Elizabeth Forssman

Wesley Human

Tegan Kelly

Mariska le Roux

Kutlwano Mokgojwa

Katlego Musi

Nastassja Nicolet

Keegan Rothman

Samantha Sabatelli

Coral Taylor

Tina van der Breggen

Bianca van Staden

Zhan-Mishal Viviers

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Theme 5: Tree Narratives and Photo elicitation

Joanna Dean (2015:162) states that: “We like to tell stories about city trees. The stories shape our thinking, but more materially they shape our management of the trees. The meanings we find in these stories influence the choices we make when we plant trees in the city, they alter the ways that we trim and control the trees, and, finally, they inform our decisions to fell them”. The week’s theme was based on exploring the tree narratives that the students and their interviewees had. In order to generate feelings and memories in the interviewees’ stories of trees, the interviews were conducted with photo elicitation.

A selection of the students’ blogs can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

Zerista Badenhorst

Amelia Daubermann

Sarah Coppings

Jessica Dewes

Shannon du Plooy

Elizabeth Forssman

Wesley Human

Keina Jooste

Mariska le Roux

Marissa le Roux

Kelly Liebenberg

Caitlyn Lynch

Bonolo Meso

Ingrid Millwood

Kutlwano Mokgojwa

Danielle Oosthuizen

Jessie Palmer

Holly Perrett

Carla Pretorius

Keegan Rothman

Kimberley Spence

Coral Taylor

Natasha Thompson

Tina van der Breggen