Secure access has been a priority for the Ecoglen Association since its inception in 2004.
This area of endeavor focusses on three different aspects of what is seen to be the key driver in encouraging recreational use of the conservancy;
Security has been largely addressed with the boundaries of both the Moreleta and Waterkloof reserves having being fenced [thanks primarily to the relocation of St. Alban’s College’s boundary fence
Controlled access has been introduced and the level of vagrancy , with its inherent impact on the environment, has been significantly reduced. Cleaning up operations have been undertaken in the Waterkloof Spruit reserve, thanks again to the staff and pupils of St. Alban’s College. This has helped mitigate some of the damage caused, which can be viewed in our gallery.
The focus of activities has now moved on to accessibility and safety. Two major projects have been undertaken in this regard.
The first and ongoing project is the laying of a concrete path within the Moreleta Reserve. Starting at the Lynnwood Road and Maldon Road gates simultaneously the two paths will eventually meet. The pathway provides improved wet weather access and is also wheelchair friendly so it will extend accessibility to Ecoglen to the less abled. Further pathways are planned for the conservancy, although not necessarily concrete and only when funds permit.
Another problem with wet weather has been the ford south of the Alcade Road gate which gets over-topped after heavy rain and prevents east west access across the Moreleta. This has been addressed through an upgrade project which raises the height of the crossing over the Spruit. In addition the crossing has been built to provide a solid pathway again providing extended access for the less abled. Pictures showing progress of the upgrade project are available in our gallery.