Arbour Week was started in South Africa in 1983 and proved so popular that it was extended to Arbour week in 1997 and to Arbour Month in 2009. The aim of this special time is to motivate all South Africans – schools, businesses and communities – to plant, sponsor and look after our wonderful and diverse natural tree heritage.
Over the past 19 years, Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA) has been planting trees to offset carbon emissions, restore eco-systems, , improve the environment and create a healthier and more beautiful planet now and into the future.
Trees supply the most basic elements of life.- oxygen, water-vapour, food, shelter and fuel and are an efficient way to offset the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. Trees are the longest living and the largest living organisms on earth. In fact, without trees man could not survive.
On a more esoteric level, studies have shown that greener environments help combat mental fatigue, contribute to general feelings of well-being and combat violent behaviour.FTFA responds to the many corporate and community requests for trees: communities and individuals who wish to participate in the focus on tree planting in the month of September and need information, advice or assistance are urged to contact FTFA. Individuals and companies who wish to contribute to a greener, healthier and more beautiful South Africa are requested to sponsor plantings for their employees, or for disadvantaged schools or communities.
The Trees of the Year for 2011 are the following species:
Genus Pavetta, Brides Bushes, Bruidsbome – uncommon or rare tree
Nuxia Congesta, Common Wild Elder, Gewone-Wildevlier –uncommon or rare tree
But if your garden nursery does not stock the tree of the year don't despair-plant any indigenous tree that will survive in your area- like the white stinkwood (Celtis Africana) read more about this wonderful tree.
At Stonecutters Lodge in Mpumalanga we will be donating trees to the rural community pre-school in Emshinini Village as part of the effort to educate the children as to the benefits of greening our planet.