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AfriForum plants 2000 trees in Arbour Month

October 2, 2015 deur Esmarie Prinsloo

AfriForum beautified South Africa with splashes of green by planting 2000 trees in September, as part of its new initiative, Arbour Month.

“Communities across the country celebrated Arbour Month in style by planting trees, enjoying talks at schools and eradicating invasive plants. The beauty of the project is that communities challenged one another to, by way of expression, go the greenest,” said Julius Kleynhans, Head of Environmental Affairs at AfriForum.

The organisation and its members are however not done with their greening quest yet. AfriForum is starting a sustainable reforestation project, requesting civil society to sponsor trees.

“Members of the community can join AfriForum for R60/month. Every R60 will sponsor 1 tree to the reforestation project. Indigenous and fruit trees will be planted strategically to the benefit of the environment and local communities,” Kleynhans said.

Members of the public who would like to “sponsor a tree a month” can SMS “Tree” to 45354. R1/SMS.

AfriForum planted the 2000 indigenous trees across the country as indicated in the table below:

Province Amount of trees planted
Gauteng 727
North West 100
Limpopo 125
Mpumalanga 194
Free State 100
Kwazulu-Natal 90
Northern Cape 198
Eastern Cape 90
Western Cape 361
Total 2000

A recent study in New York proved that by adding an additional 343 trees/km2 decreases the asthma rate among children between 4 and 5 by as much as 24-29% (Lovasi et al, 2008).

“We are dependent on the ecosystem services provided by trees, which include food, medicine, fuel, climate- and erosion control and the cleaning of air,” Kleynhans said.

AfriForum focused on two trees in Arbour Month this year:

  Scientific name English Afrikaans
1 Combretum krausii Forest Bushwillow Bosvaderlandswilg
2 Heteromorpha arborescens Parsley Tree Wildepieterseliebos

To join AfriForum, SMS the name of your town to 45354. R1/SMS.