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|
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:
|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.