Ecoglen is a small urban green space running along the Moreleta Spruit between January Masilela Drive and Lynnwood Road in the suburb of Lynnwood Glen in the east of Pretoria. It is a public open space and is administered on behalf of and in partnership with City Of Tshwane Nature Conservation (CoT) by the Ecoglen Association.
The Ecoglen Association is a volunteer community-based organisation (CBO). It is a registered non-profit (NPO)(#054-659-NPO) and public benefit organisation (PBO)(#930011404). It acts as custodian of the Ecoglen area on
behalf of the Landowner, the City of Tshwane (CoT). The Association functions to promote interest in and concern for the conservation, use and maintenance of the area as well as providing material support, where
possible, to assist CoT in meeting its obligations in this regard. The Association is a Friends of the Moreleta organisation as well as being a member of WESSA and
the Adopt Moreleta Forum.
To encourage public participation in the proactive conservation of the Moreletaspruit and Waterkloofspruit in general and in particular to promote, on behalf of the City Of Tshwane, the sustainable recreational use of the Ecoglen area by the local community and the broader public.
The Association is managed by a volunteer executive committee (Exco) elected annually from the ordinary membership of the Association. The Exco consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, up to three other ordinary
members as well as ex-officio members representing CoT (and other appropriate organisations as needed). The Exco meets 3 to 4 times a year. The Association funds its activities through ordinary and corporate membership
subscription as well as sponsorship and donations. Being a PBO allows the Association to issue Tax Certificates for donations received allowing the donor to offset such donation against their tax income (subject to
SARS limits). Additional funding may also be raised from time to time through ad-hoc activities and events. Being a PBO requires that the Association's financial activities are audited annually and submitted to
SARS, for continued approval of PBO status, as well as details of activities undertaken during the year. Formal feedback on the same is provided to subscribed members at an Annual General Meeting.
We assess the area on an ongoing basis and prepare and publish a management plan for the area which will guide our activities over the period of the plan. We organise various activities related to the conservation,
sustainability, maintenance and use of the area in support of our mission and planning objectives. These activities include but are not limited to the control of invasive plant species, restocking of indigenous plant
species, tagging of plant species for identification and educational purposes as well as litter collection and removal. We participate in citizen science projects such as the miniSASS program whereby a general
understanding or river health is monitored by sampling, identifying and releasing the (mainly) invertebrate species in the river. We provide educational input to the community by organising expert guided tours
of the area to impart knowledge of the various fauna and flora found within the area thereby stimulating interest in and use of the area by the community. We liaise with CoT with respect to the identification
and resolution of maintenance issues within the area regarding the security, improper use and infrastructure within the area.
Ordinary membership is on a per household basis and assumes two adults and two minors (under 18). An initial registration fee of R100 is charged and then annual membership is R120 and is renewable by end of January
each year. Annual membership fee is prorated to the number of full months remaining in the year.
Save money - as a Friend of the Moreleta organisation, each member of Ecoglen will receive a Friends Card from the CoT which allows two adults and two minors two
free day visits to each of the following CoT nature reserves; Rietvlei, Groenkloof, Wonderboom, Rooihuiskraal and Faerie Glen. Making use of this facility represents a saving in excess of R300 on entrance fees to these
reserves. Convenience - The general public is required to enter and exit through the public gate at Lynnwood
Road whereas members can enter and exit through our members' gates which are generally more conveniently situated. Wellbeing - Studies have shown that walking
in nature improves mood, relieves stress and restores mental energy, being a member contributes to the sustainability of the Ecoglen area ensuring you can always step into nature just a few minutes from your door and
reap the benefits. Neighbourhood value - supporting Ecoglen in promoting the conservation, maintenance and recreational use of the area makes a significant
contribution to the overall character and value of your neighbourhood.