Beautifying the area with trees

2019-06-25 06:00
Kommetjie Primary School learners had a significant part to play in beautifying their community by plating 100 trees.

Kommetjie Primary School learners had a significant part to play in beautifying their community by plating 100 trees.

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Learners and parents of Kommetjie Primary School came together to breathe life into the area on Saturday 8 June.

The initiative saw these residents come out in numbers to plant over 100 trees and a variety of plants to kick off the Re-Tree Project and stabilise the Neighbourhood Farm Outdoor Classroom.

The project was initiated by Karen Taylor-Vermaak, Maggie Joubert and Eugene Bosini – residents of Kommetjie and parents of learners at the school – in response to the recent drought and mitigation of the effects of climate change.

“The aim of the Re-Tree Project is to encourage families to leave a growing legacy in the form of a tree that will provide long-lasting benefits for both current and future children, the school and the general community of Kommetjie,” Taylor-Vermaak explained.

According to Joubert, the project aims to benefit the environment through the planting of trees, which are well documented to help offset the excess of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

She continued: “They attract birds, insects and wildlife. They stabilise and enrich the soil to prevent further erosion and loss of nutrients, and facilitate new plant growth.

“For our children, these trees provide shade and shelter during hot summers and rainy winters and offer windbreak for the tennis court and soccer fields as well as a pleasing aesthetic throughout the year.”

Taylor-Vermaak explained that their vision is to beautify their community and establish Kommetjie Primary School as a green landmark to be proud of.

She attributed the success of the project thus far to all those who had a hand in it. “Thanks to the support and enthusiasm of our little community school,” she said.

Taylor-Vermaak concluded by saying: “A huge thank you to all the people and businesses who donated trees, plants and time. In particular Bonnie van Ginkel, Induli Nurseries, Bob Thompson, Eugene Bosini from Greenbos, Harry Goemans, Shaun Skelton, Janine Nichols, Chris Vermaak, The Slyper, The Radcliffe Family, The Neighbourhood Farm and Maurice Joubert.”

All contributors are confident that this initiative is sure to bear fruit in the very near future.

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