Gauteng and NW Province

Grown bridges

Deep in the rainforests of the Indian state of Meghalaya, bridges are not built, they’re grown. For more than 500 years locals have guided roots and vines from the native Ficus Elastica (rubber tree) across rivers, using hollowed out trees to create root guidance systems. When the roots and vines reach the opposite bank they are allowed to take root. Some of the bridges are over 100 feet long and can support the weight of 50 people.

(Now that’s what I call inventive. No harm done to the environment, absolutely lovely. I often think it is our own greed that gets us into the predicaments we often find ourselves; without water, without electricity. Then the situation spins out of control and we start looking at ‘building bridges’ again. Now the world is facing water shortages – let’s hope we will save water, harvest water, conserve water before it is too late, before it spins out of control…)

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