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The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation has awarded one of JCPZ’s most beautiful facilities, The Wilds, with a Blue Plaque.

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This 16-hectare nature reserve park situated in Houghton, boasts outstanding natural beauty and historic interest. Those in the know love walking the cobble stone paths that roam across the hillsides to marvel at the stunning views of our City, a sundial at the peak of the Wilds and the beautiful vegetation nestled on endless green lawns.

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Joburg residents and visitors that regularly spend time at The Wilds enjoy this hidden gem for brisk walking, climbing, pondering on the colourful benches, taking photos of flowers and views and escaping from the hectic urban life.

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The latest acquisitions in the park include artwork of wild animals which join the owl artwork previously introduced.

The heritage plaque was unveiled today which will go a long way in giving The Wilds the status it deserves. The wording on the plaque tells the full story:

The Wilds was established in 1924 on a donation of land by the Houghton Estate Township Co. to the City. It was landscaped with indigenous flora first displayed at the 1935 Empire Exhibition. The City dedicated the park to the memory of Jan Smuts after his death in 1950. The elegant pedestrian bridge was built in 1965, and the impressive greenhouses were a gift from JCI in 1966. The Wilds was declared a National Monument in 1981.

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The plaque unveiling ceremony was led by Ward Councillor Kabelo Mpesi, the Chairperson of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, Mr Brett McDougall, Mr James Delaney from the Friends of The Wilds and JCPZ MD Bryne Maduka.

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