City advises against

2019-05-14 06:00

An increase in illegal bark stripping poses a serious threat to Cape Town’s trees, mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said.

Badroodien said the threat had sent the City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department off in search of possible answers.

He further said that an alarming number of indigenous trees were being stripped of their barks which could eventually destroy thousands of trees in the city’s public open spaces.

When the bark is stripped from the entire circumference of a tree, the tree dies a slow death due to the interruption of their nutritional transport systems.

“If only partially stripped, it damages the tree to such an extent that it inhibits the growth pattern and weakens the tree making it more susceptible to stressors such as drought and disease,” Badroodien said.

“The City cannot condone the damage done to trees through the illegal harvesting of bark for medicinal or cultural purpose. We have a responsibility to protect our fauna and flora and to this end, the City’s Recreation and Parks Department will work tirelessly to avoid the destruction of trees.

“However, we need communities to assist us by spreading the word to heighten awareness and to report any bark stripping incidents that they come across,” Badroodien said further.

The public is requested to please report sightings of bark stripped trees or bark stripping in process to the City’s Law Enforcement Department V To report bark-stripped trees call 021 480 7700 or email RP.Enquiries@capetown.gov.za.

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