THE AfriForum branch in Margate planted 10 trees at the Suid-Natal primary and high schools as part of the civil rights organisation’s arbor month project. The organisation said they intend on planting more than 2 000 trees countrywide this year.“By planting indigenous trees, we are not only conserving the environment and making it a more beautiful place in which to live, but it also shows that we have hope for the future. Trees are much more than simply an important part of the ecosystem or a natural resource without which no one will survive — it is also part of our heritage,” said Mornay Sargent, Environmental Affairs Official at the AfriForum branch in Margate.AfriForum annually focuses on a tree species that is commonly found, as well as a rare tree species. The common tree for 2018 is the true yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius), while the rare tree is the shepherd’s bush (Boscia albitrunca). The organisation encouraged towns to plant indigenous trees that thrive in their surroundings. “Arbor month offers the perfect occasion to make a real difference in our communities. However, trees are in need of continuous care to thrive and benefit everyone and the AfriForum branch in Margate and its youth members undertake to supply this care. This is symbolic of the fact that we are here to stay and have hope for the future,” says Wynand Kirchner, Youth Official of the AfriForum branch in Margate. The branch encourages the community to become involved with the campaign and become part of a better and greener future. The organisation also recently launched a neighbourhood watch in order to curb the crime rates in the area. “We can no longer allow the police to carry the burden of fighting crime themselves — we have to get involved,” said Adolf Oosthuizen, chairperson of AfriForum’s Margate branch.Members of the public can become involved at your local AfriForum branch by SMSing their name to 45267 at a cost of R1.