From the 1650s when Dutch settlers laid out the Company’s Garden at the foot of Table Mountain, when the city was established as a replenishment station for ships rounding the Cape, an abundant flow of water from Table Mountain was the enabling factor for the fruit and vegetable gardens and therefore the primary reason for the early settlement at the Cape. Yet in 1994, as a result of sewage seepage from urban development above the springs, this important source of water was scrapped from the asset resource register.
The intrinsic interconnectedness of man and nature has been instinctively understood by the earliest societies. It is strange how some of the classic tenets of humanity should be forgotten in an age of infinite information. Yet over the last couple of decades, the field of biophilic design has steadily gained ground and a new research report clearly sets out the economic benefits of recognising man’s innate need to connect closely with nature.
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