Indigenous trees planted for Arbour Day
To celebrate Arbour day, staff of the Garden Route Botanical Garden (GRBG) facilitated the planting of trees in Blanco Golden Valley Township, in Thembalethu, and also in the garden itself.
The Blanco tree planting project took place in partnership with the Blanco Dutch Reformed church, with church members and residents planting 13 trees in the Golden Valley township.
The projects in the Garden Route Botanical Garden and in Thembalethu where sponsored by Aurecon.
They sponsored 12 trees (including labour and soil-enriching products for each): six for the GRBG and six for the six grade 6-classes of Thembalethu Primary. At the Blanco and Thembalethu primary schools, GRBG Manager Klaus Shroder and his intern Finn Rautenbach gave environmental talks about the importance of trees and how to care for them, which was followed by a joint planting session.
“All projects were undertaken with the agreement that the recipients care for and keep the donated tree alive for a year so that we will return to plant another tree with them next year,” said Shroder.
The GRBG, situated at 49 Caledon Street, George, has a nursery with flowering shrubs and ground covers that are indigenous and thus a great way to add to the variety in your garden.
The plant sales are a way for the garden to sustain itself financially.
A lucky number of 13 trees were planted in honour of Arbour day in Golden Valley where residents promised to take ownership and to nurture