‘Tree-preneurs’ plant for Arbor Week

2016-09-14 06:00
PHOTO: supplied For Arbor Week, Forest Hill Primary School received 40 indigenous trees - Wild Plum, Waterberry, White Pear, Natal Fig - donated by Wildlands. These young trees will not only beautify, they will provide shade for pupils and be used as a noise buffer as the school is adjacent to the main road. Forest Hill Primary is one of the many Wildlands’ Recycling Schools.

PHOTO: supplied For Arbor Week, Forest Hill Primary School received 40 indigenous trees - Wild Plum, Waterberry, White Pear, Natal Fig - donated by Wildlands. These young trees will not only beautify, they will provide shade for pupils and be used as a noise buffer as the school is adjacent to the main road. Forest Hill Primary is one of the many Wildlands’ Recycling Schools.

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WILDLANDS started Arbor Week with several tree-a-thons nationwide from 1 to 7 September planting 100 000 trees.

Wildlands Trees for Life project was started in 2004 in Kwa-Zulu Natal, where community members were encouraged to plant indigenous trees at home as a way of “growing” themselves out of poverty. The project expanded at a rate Wildlands could have never anticipated.

The “tree-preneurs” barter the trees they grow with Wildlands for water tanks, bicycles, building materials, health and wellness hampers or groceries.

Each of the 100 000 trees this coming week were grown and nurtured by tree-preneurs and each tree has a story linked to it.

Tree-a-thon events are being hosted by Wildlands in Durban, Richards Bay, Pietermaritzburg, Magaliesburg, Acornhoek and the Western Cape, with support from their partners and donors.

About 5 200 indigenous trees were planted in Cornubia, north of Durban, another 5 000 in Richards Bay, 4 000 in Magaliesburg, Gauteng, Pietermaritzburg, Acornhoek and the Western Cape with the assistance of partners.

A further 86 000 trees have been distributed to just under 2 500 schools, through the Department of Education, and will be planted throughout Arbor month to further build on our greening efforts.

“We are always honoured to be joined by our corporate donors and partners at our tree-planting events as they never think twice about getting their hands dirty. They share our organisation’s passion for sustainability and our environment,” said Wildlands’ deputy director of marketing, Lauren van Nijkerk. - Supplied.

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