Monday, September 13, 2010

Van Riebeeck's Hedge

This memorial in Klaasens Road, Bishopscourt, shaped like a gable on a Cape Dutch house, informs us that this was part of Van Riebeeck's hedge of wild almond trees planted in 1660 to try and prevent the local Khoi people from plundering the cattle of the newly established Dutch settlement at the Cape. Bishopscourt is one of Cape Town's most affluent suburbs today.

A close-up of the plaque.


  1. I love the mist you've captured in the top photo.

  2. I know of this but has never seen it. Isn't there a part of it in Kirstenbosch as well. *scribbling in my "to do" note book*

  3. I can't say I approve of the original reason for the hedge — that's pretty sad — but it sure looks good now.

  4. Yes - there is some of the hedge in Kirstenbosch too - along the path above the Matthews Rockery.


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