Looking after the Elsieskraal River

2019-04-23 06:00
Adopt a tree at Elsieskraal River.

Adopt a tree at Elsieskraal River.

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Pinelands residents and other environmental enthusiasts met for their inaugural Adopt a Tree Planting Day along the Elsieskraal River banks on Saturday 6 April.

The event was organised by a group called Renew Elsieskraal River with the aim to see more aquatic and indigenous plants along the banks of the river.

People from all walks of life came together to adopt a tree and plant it in memory of their loved ones; some just because they love the environment and others hoping to see the renewal along the river.

The trees also had plaques to add the name of the tree, the adopting people and who it is in memory of.

Jacqui Tooke says they (Renew Elsieskraal River) are just a group of residents who love biodiversity, and seeing Elsieskraal in a sorry state just didn’t work for them. Mobilising together, they thought of doing something and with the help of the Department of Parks and Recreation they received trees and planted them.

They also received help from the Friends of the Liesbeek who helped them dig 100 holes in preparation for the planting day.

Tooke says it was a day of coming together and working together for a certain goal. “It was amazing. The day was all about working together because some of the trees were too big and required people to work together to lift them up and plant.

“It was nice seeing people coming together and helping each other. The motivation and how they were all connected to the environment was lovely to watch,” she says.

The group will also ensure that the trees that were planted will be well looked after.

“We will make sure that the trees are watered as we are looking at having an irrigation system.

“We will also have them pruned so that they are not too bushy. Some residents were worried about the trees growing too bushy and inviting crime. We will take care of the trees and ensure that they are the right size,” says Tooke.

Though they will have such an event, hopefully before next year’s rains, they will keep busy by doing regular canal clean-ups.

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