- Cecil is homeless
- He turned a site under Wetton Road bridge in Cape Town into a beautiful garden
- Local residents have praised his initiative
A 59-year-old homeless man in Cape Town has turned what was previously an eyesore into a beautiful garden.
Cecil McDoy calls his site the "New Garden of Eden," Briefly.co.za learned. It is located under the Wetton Road bridge.
He created the garden using various materials, including scrap from the odd jobs he does for a living.
The garden also features tiled footpaths, a waterless splash pool, a table with chairs, and a patch of green turf.
Speaking to IOL, Cecil said he started the garden in 2014 and was inspired by his love of landscaping. He expressed his happiness at making a positive impact:
A lot of people stop their cars to look or walk past. Some people even sit at the table and chairs.
Cecil added that he does his best to make sure there is safety for people walking to and from the nearby railway station.
Local residents have praised Cecil for his initiative. The local councillor, Mark Kleinschmidt, said Cecil's garden is not officially approved. However, it has inspired other homeless people to follow suit:
This kind of conduct by street people should be encouraged and regulated. It has become contagious. This restores their pride and dignity.
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