Thesen Islanders have the privilege of a bird reserve on their own doorstep. The southern edge of the island with its stretches of reed beds is an important herons breeding ground, and the marshes on the north-eastern side are teeming with water birds and waders like cormorants, egrets, African spoonbills, Egyptian geese, and blacksmith lapwings, while the rare and distinctive black oystercatcher is often sighted as well. A bird hide overlooking the wetlands allow residents to observe coots, herons, egrets and ducks at close range.
Gardens and orchards
Do you enjoy the simple pleasure of home-grown herbs, spices and vegetables, fresh from the garden directly to your own kitchen table? Thesen Islanders are positively encouraged to pursue this healthy alternative. All residents have access to the communal vegetable garden where you can apply to the Home Owners Association to rent a lot. A nominal annual fee for your water is charged.
The raised beds are fully prepared with good topsoil and compost and you're welcome to store your gardening implements in the carefully restored adjacent crofter's hut. The vegetable garden is situated next to the children's playground behind the Clubhouse.
Thesen Islands visitors are often surprised to encounter our fruit orchard. There are a wide variety of trees including citrus, plums, figs, granadillas and nuts. We have rows of strawberries and are experimenting with vine cultivars. An automated, drip-feed irrigation system is in place.
The maze to the south of the orchard was constructed from excess poles recovered from the demobilization of the old timber factory. The poles have been threaded with fruit trees and creepers to provide a magical experience for children and adults alike.
The kiddies playground adjacent to the clubhouse is always in demand. The wooden apparatus is colourfully painted and children can choose from swings, see-saws, slides and jungle gyms while their parents or minders relax at the benches and tables provided.
Every afternoon you'll find a group of enthusiastic residents and their animated dogs congregated in the white picket-fenced, lawned dog run area. Here, even the largest pooch can comfortably stretch his legs or just check his pee mail off the leash in a safe environment. Water points, dog dropping disposal bins and benches (for the owners) are provided.
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