AfriForum’s Springs branch creates hope during arbour month

As part of the civil rights organisation’s arbour month, the AfriForum branch in Springs planted five tinderwoods at Hoërskool Dr. Johan Jurgens.

According to Cornel Swart, Chairperson of AfriForum’s Springs branch, the organisation intends on planting more than 2 000 trees countrywide this year. “By planting indigenous trees, we are not simply conserving the environment and improving it aesthetically – we also show that we have hope for the future. Trees are obviously not only an important part of the ecosystem or a natural resource, but they arealso part of our heritage,” says Swart.

AfriForum focuses annually 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 encourages towns to plant indigenous trees that thrive in their local areas.

“Arbour month offers the perfect opportunity to make a lasting difference in our communities. However, trees need continuous care to thrive and the AfriForum branch in Springs undertakes to supply this care. It symbolises the fact that we as AfriForum are here to stay and have hope for the future,” concludes Swart.

AfriForum would like to thank Wildflower Nursery for the donation of the trees.

The branch encourages the community to become involved with the campaign and contribute towards a greener future.

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