Over 400 trees for PMB after plant-a-thon

2015-02-23 00:00

TWENTY-FIVE staff members from financial services company PSG planted more than 400 indigenous trees in Pietermaritzburg last week.

This was part of a scheme to restore and green degraded areas of the city.

The “plant-a-thon” was hosted by Wildlands and took place at Cascades, along the ­Townbush catchment.

“The partnership between Wildlands and PSG started in 2010 in the Western Cape as a venture of faith built around the Wildlands Trees for Life project,” said director of partnerships, marketing and events, Louise Duys.

“Almost five years later the programme has successfully evolved to include eight Cape Town metropolitan municipality communities where almost 200 tree-preneurs have successfully grown and bartered over 20 000 trees for livelihood support.”

Tree-preneurs are taught by Wildlands how to grow and nurture indigenous trees, which they then barter for grocery hampers, bicycles, Jojo tanks and educational support.

All of the 400 trees planted by PSG were grown and nurtured by tree-preneurs.

“PSG is proud to support the Wildlands Tree-preneur initiative … Wildlands improves the quality of life in disadvantaged communities while preserving our precious environment. This is a commendable and worthy undertaking, and we are happy to have been a part of it,” said company spokesperson Ann Havinga.

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