The AfriForum branches in Pretoria North and South jointly planted 574 trees in September as part of the civil rights organisation’s national arbour month project. The Bronkhorstspruit branch also removed invasive trees during the project.
“By planting indigenous trees we are not only simply busy conserving the environment and improving it aesthetically – we also show that we have hope for the future. Trees are naturally an important part of the ecosystem and an essential natural resource, but also part of our heritage,” says Lambert de Klerk, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for Pretoria South.
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). AfriForum encouraged its branches to plant indigenous trees that easily thrive in their natural surroundings.
“Arbour 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 branches in Pretoria North and South undertake to supply this care. This is symbolic of the fact that we as AfriForum are here to stay and have sincere hope for the future,” says Tiaan Oosthuizen, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for Pretoria North.
AfriForum would like to thank Wildflower Nursery for the huge donation of trees.
The branches encourage the community to become part of a greener future.