This section is from the book "Tree Planting For Timber And Fuel", by C. B. Mcnaughton.
(By C. B. Mcnaughton, Conservator of Forests, Midland Conservancy).
In passing through Oudtshoorn late in May last I made enquiries as to whether the Town Council had yet seriously considered the advisability of establishing a timber and fuel plantation on the land purchased on the Cango River in connection with the town water supply-a scheme suggested by myself some time back and referred to in my Annual Report for 1901 (p. 71). I was agreeably surprised to hear that the matter had just been taken in hand, and that a resolution had been passed at a previous Town Council meeting to approach the Government on the matter. Under the circumstances I called upon the Town Clerk and ascertained the particulars of this resolution, as also of the letter written to the Government on the subject. On this I determined to act, and after having interviewed certain members of the Tree-planting Committee of the Town Council, arranged for a visit to the proposed site—Rust-en-Vrede—which was made in company with Mr. Doy, Town Clerk, on the 23rd May last. In submitting the report following I must apologise for its somewhat sketchy nature as time did not permit a very careful inspection of the whole area, and the meteorological records available are not sufficiently complete or extensive for any minute suggestion or recommendation—though possibly a general expression of opinion may prove sufficient for present needs.