Trees play a vital role in the sustainability of the environment we live in. They help to take in harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases and release clean oxygen for us to breathe. They are also important for biodiversity – one tree can be home to hundreds of vital insects, animals and plants. Trees are also an important source of the nutritional food we enjoy and even medicine that we use to heal from various ailments and sicknesses. The list of the uses and benefits that trees offer is endless. Every kind of tree has a purpose; not to mention that their distinct beauty that provides picturesque views and can even liven up ones’ mood. Trees are truly remarkable gifts from nature.
In South Africa, we celebrate Arbor Week during the first week of September. During this time awareness on the importance of trees, taking care of them and planting more for our land, is shared. Everyone is encouraged to be involved and plant trees during this time, as well. This year, we will be celebrating National Arbor Week from 31 August to 4 September 2020.
Did you know?
Arbor Day in South Africa was first celebrated in 1983.
National Arbor Week coincides with Heritage Month in South Africa, and as such, we are all encouraged to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of the sustainable environmental management of our beautiful land.
Why plant indigenous trees?
- Indigenous trees are strong because they can maintain themselves with little fertilization and water.
- These trees use little to no pesticides.
- Indigenous trees attract a wide array of native birds and wildlife.
- Planting indigenous trees is an amazing way to promote biodiversity, as well as preserving our country’s natural heritage.
In 2019, a devastating fire at the African Blessings Farm destroyed the majority of the precious, indigenous trees. To do our part and restore the vitality of the environment, we will be joining in on the Arbor Week movement again this year!
Here is our tree wishlist:
Karee tree | Wild olive tree | False olive tree | Lavender tree | Blue guarri tree | Cabbage tree
(For more information on these trees, please visit: http://pza.sanbi.org/.)
How can you get involved?
You can donate one or more of the above-mentioned trees to African Blessings.
You can make a monetary contribution to:
Account name: African Blessings
Branch code: 250655
Account number: 62065437355
Reference: Arbor Day 2020
Proof of payment: News@africanblessings.co.za
Do you have green fingers?
Even if you don’t, you are welcome to be a part of the movement by helping us plant the trees on the last day of Arbor week.
When: Friday, 4 September 2020!
(Please note: the above is the provisional date. The date may change due to COVID-19 related developments. Please keep an eye out on all of our platforms for any updates relating to this initiative.)
Social distancing and sanitisation measures will be enforced. All volunteers will be required to wear the necessary personal protection equipment.
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