Iviki Lezihlahla, Arbour Week - 1 to 7 September 2020

Picture courtesy Food & Trees for AfricaPicture courtesy Food & Trees for AfricaTraditionally South Africans are encouraged to plant indigenous trees to celebrate Arbour week, and although the importance of preserving our indigenous trees should never be under estimated, perhaps in 2020, with all the turmoil and change it has brought, we should rather focus on food sustainability for our communities by planting fruit trees and vegetable gardens.

If you have not heard of Food & Trees for Africa and the amazing work they are doing in communities all over South Africa, visit their website and get involved - everyone can do their part.

Gifting fruit trees. Picture courtesy Food & Trees for AfricaGifting fruit trees. Picture courtesy Food & Trees for AfricaFood & Trees for Africa is a leading Section 21 Non-Profit Organisation that addresses food security, environmental sustainability, and greening. They have a large and diverse programme portfolio, and when it comes to planting trees within any development context, Food & Trees for Africa has been doing it since 1990. Their methodologies focus on sustainability and tree survival, and have impacted a wide range of beneficiaries from communities and homes to farmers.

Food security is one of their main objectives and they practice bio-intensive agriculture (in its many forms) including agro-ecology, permaculture, conservation and rehabilitation agriculture, and natural farming. And, after nearly thirty years of experience, they understand what it takes to achieve real, long-term sustainability, and want to make a positive difference to the lives of all South Africans.

Donate to this very worthy cause - even R100.00 would make a huge difference in our communities.

Click here to donate

Gift a tree through their tree planting programmes which seek to plant trees in shared community spaces. Once planted, they will issue a certificate in the name of the person you would like to dedicate it too. Certificates also donate the recipient beneficiary school or community centre.

Click here to gift a tree.

Ekebergia capensis Ekebergia capensis For 2020 the chosen common tree is the magnificent Cape Ash, Essenhout, mmidibidi, umnyamatsi, nyamaru (Ekebergia capensis)

SA Tree No: 298.  

Click here to read our article on this tree.

The Cape Ash is a magnificent tree, but may be far too large for your space, or unsuitable for your region. If so, click here to find articles on the importance of trees in the garden and how to select the right ones for your space, as well as a list of suitable trees for small gardens, and a handy list of indigenous trees.

The rare or uncommon tree is the Boabab, Kremetart, isimuku, umShimulu, isiMuhu, ximuwu, mowana, muvhuyu, (Adansonia digitate).

SA Tree No: 467

Click here to find beautiful photographs and to read more about at PlantZAfrica about this incredible tree, which is considered to be the largest succulent in the world, and is steeped in mystique, legend and superstition. 

Click here to find articles on the importance of trees in the garden and how to select the right ones for your space, as well as a list of suitable trees for small gardens and a handy list of indigenous trees.

Champion Trees

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), as the custodian of forestry in South Africa is responsible for the Arbour Week campaign. And, because September is also Heritage Month in South Africa, they also focus on the country’s “Champion Trees.” These include some of our oldest, largest, and culturally significant indigenous and non-indigenous trees. Currently, more than 70 trees have been declared national “Champion Trees” by the Department of Forestry, which means they are fully protected under the National Forests Act of 1998. Under the declaration, tree species listed as protected may not be cut, disturbed or damaged in any way, and their products may not be owned, transported, exported or sold without a licence.

Click here to read more about our beloved Champion Trees, and the value trees add to our modern lifestyles.

Spring is symbolic of new growth and new beginnings, and now more than ever, we need to come together as a nation, and what better way to do this than through nature.

Let’s all get together, get out there, and get involved this Arbour Week.